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spammers goin down

janiecakes

TRIBE Member
from today's Star:

ISPs sue hundreds of alleged spammers
Some are identified only as 'John Doe'



WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of the nation's largest Internet providers, in an unusual joint effort, said today they filed six lawsuits against hundreds of people who were accused of sending millions of unwanted e-mails in violation of the new U.S. law against "spam.''
The legal actions by Microsoft Corp., America Online Inc., Earthlink Inc. and Yahoo! Inc., represent the first major industry actions under the "can spam" legislation that went into effect Jan. 1. The lawsuits, filed in federal courts in California, Georgia, Virginia and Washington state, were announced at a news conference.

The companies said the defendants include some of the nation's most notorious large-scale spammers. The Internet providers - collectively with tens of millions of subscribers - said they shared information, resources and investigative information to identify some of the defendants.

"Congress gave us the necessary tools to pursue spammers with stiff penalties, and we in the industry didn't waste a moment moving with speed and resolve to take advantage of the new law,'' said Randall Boe, AOL's top lawyer and executive vice president.

Dozens of those named in the lawsuits, however, were identified only as "John Doe" defendants who were accused of e-mailing unwanted pitches for prescription drugs, herbal potions and weight loss plans.

Among the named defendants were Davis Wolfgang Hawke of Medfield, Mass., whom AOL lawyers said also is known as Dave Bridger, and Braden Bournival of Manchester, N.H. They and others were accused of sending millions of e-mails offering weight loss supplements, handheld devices called "personal lie detectors" and other products.

The "can spam" legislation requires unsolicited e-mails to include a mechanism so recipients could indicate they did not want future mass mailings.

The law also prohibits senders of unsolicited commercial e-mail from disguising their identity by using a false return address or misleading subject line, and it prohibits senders from harvesting addresses off Web sites.
 
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Persephone

TRIBE Member
rant

I'm glad that they're doing this n'all, but I don't think the big corporations need or deserve this all of this money. Sure, they've developed ineffective span blockers and might deserve some small reimbursement for their contributions, but don't you think that its the public itself, the very people receiving this shit in their mail box day in and day out, who deserve some compensation for their suffering?

<<end rant>>
 

Persephone

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^although I suppose that the big corporations are the only ones who could carry the financial burden of trying such a class action law suit.
 
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Silvershadow

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This morning we all got this piece of spam at the office from somebody named "Hung Cox".

It provided us with about a minute of hilarity.

What ever shall we do if we stop getting spam??

(oh right... actually get work done instead of spending half an hour clearing spam out of our inboxes every morning)
 

SENSEi

TRIBE Promoter
Re: rant

Originally posted by Persephone
I'm glad that they're doing this n'all, but I don't think the big corporations need or deserve this all of this money. Sure, they've developed ineffective span blockers and might deserve some small reimbursement for their contributions, but don't you think that its the public itself, the very people receiving this shit in their mail box day in and day out, who deserve some compensation for their suffering?

<<end rant>>

Corporations are the ones who pay for the bandwidth that that shit is sent over.

Their mail servers get abused etc.

They are also the only ones who can afford to hunt down and prosecute spammers.

My 2 cents
 

dstarr

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those companies are all going after the spammers because they are the some of the biggest ISPs and therefore the ones that have to deal with most volume of spam.

But you have to consider the mail that doesn't make it to the inbox. They have to deal with ALOT of bounced messages because the addresses don't exist (spammer lists are crap addresses). For every one spam messages that they deliver they probably bounce 1 or 2.... maybe more.

They spend alot of money developing ways to identify and block spam and they spend alot of money dealling with complaints from their subscribers.

but this is probably about sending a message more than money. It's like to John Doe is going to be able to fork over a tonne of money in fines anyway.
 
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