You don’t want to be like Philip Fleitz. He is an “affiliate marketer” who just got sentenced to some major jail time. Fleitz billed himself as an affiliate marketing who was also an expert at computer security, but really, he was just a spammer. He was sentenced a few weeks ago because he hacked computer networks to collect the contact information of people in order to spam them. The judge who sentenced him gave him 27 months in prison – fairly long for white collar crime – since his crime was both “sophisticated and serious.”
Fleitz collected phone number and e-mails, and then used them to send people free gift card offers and promote other CPA networks that he was a part of. He did have a business partner, Naveed Ahmed, who only received probation for his part in the crime, since he helped authorities with their investigation as soon as he was discovered. His attorney painted him as a “misguided” guy who just got messed up with the wrong people.
They are two of the 70 people who have been arrested for advertising their services or participating in an online marketplace and forum called Darkode in the US. The forum was a place for “black hat” tech users to congregate and discuss hacking techniques, as well as buy, sell and trade illegal information. The site was shut down in July of 2015, resulting in federal charges for 12 Americans including Mr. Feitz. U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton of Pennsylvania said that Darkode was “one of the gravest threats to the integrity of data on computers in the United States and around the world and was the most sophisticated English-speaking forum for criminal computer hackers in the world.”
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