There have been a lot of media reports since the tragic news began to trickle through overnight on the suicide of escaped spammer Edward “Eddie” Davidson, and the apparent murder of his wife and daughter.
Charles Arthur, technology correspondent for The Guardian newspaper, has put it more succinctly than I ever could in a blog post entitled “Unutterably sad”:
It’s all a loss. If you ever needed a reason not to indulge spammers, it’s there.
Charles is right. If there’s one lesson we can all take from this sorry episode it’s that none of us must ever encourage the crime of spam by clicking on links, buying goods sold via spam, or leaving our computers open to relaying junk mail.
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.