Two US men have been jailed for their part in an international spam campaign that made them more than $1 million.
Jeffrey Kilbride from California and James Schaffer from Arizona were sentenced to six and five years in prison respectively.
According to reports, the men bombarded internet users with spam messages containing pornographic images to promote adult websites.
They avoided detection by logging in remotely from the US to servers based in Holland, and using bank accounts in the Isle of Man and Mauritius.
They were found guilty of charges including violating the CAN-SPAM Act, fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and transportation of obscene materials.
The US authorities seized the $1.13 million made by the duo and ordered them to pay a fine of $100,000 each, as well as $77,000 worth of damages to AOL after it received more than 600,000 user complaints.
Three other gang members also pleaded guilty to the charges.