Spam deaths: A lesson for us all

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.

It’s been…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.