Microsoft has won a $7.4million judgement against a Tuscon, Arizona spammer. Glenn Hannifin, the ‘proprietor’ of U Save Depot, was accused by Microsoft of sending millions of pieces of spam hawking everything from software to leather jackets. The software offered included copies of Microsoft Office, discounted to a fraction of its actual value, giving rise […]
The real Spam King is Sanford Wallace, who has been around in one form or another for well over a decade. It was Wallace’s CyberPromotions against which many a spam lawyer first cut their spam litigation teeth.
Quick, what is the most hated form of spam? “Oh, that’s easy,” you say, “that has to be malicious, infectious spam. Or maybe that annoying Rolex spam we’ve seen so much of lately.” Bzzt! Wrong! According to an informal but interesting poll on the wildly popular Slashdot site, none of the above forms of spam […]
Some people are sick. Really sick. But Christopher Pierson, of London, England really takes the cake. Pierson, a 40-year-old father of two (oh my, his poor children), was arrested and arraigned yesterday for sending spam to those known to be looking for lost loved ones, in the wake of last week’s tsunamis. The spam […]
Timothy Leary would be proud. As a nation we are turning away from lurid sex displays in which women are debased and objectified, and turning towards drugs. At least in our spam. According AOL, and based on a recent analysis of their incoming spam (and they should know, they get a lot of it, despite […]
If you received spam today (and if you are reading this, and therefore by definition online, the odds are about 99.99% that you did), the odds are also very good that it came from the Good Old United States of America. Yes, that’s right, the spirit of entrepreneurism which made this country so great is […]
Dutch telecom regulator OPTA has announced a crack down against several violators of EU anti-spam standards, including against both individuals and small businesses accused of spamming. EU (European Union) anti-spam standards are generally much tougher and tighter than are those in the United States, and include a requirement that recipients must
ISP giant America Online (AOL) has announced that their users have seen a dramatic decrease in spam over the course of the past year. According to AOL, spam messages reported by members for this past month, November 2004, numbered about 2.2 million per day, and that’s down from 11 million a year ago. In addition, […]
SpamItBack is a software which you can download, and which claims to allow you to create a message which you’d like to get across to those who spam you, and to “target the spammers websites, online ordering forms, or any personal spam e-mail addresses that have been discovered, with your message, and makes sure it […]
Earlier this week we told you that the former AOL employee who stole the email addresses of 92 million AOL users, and then sold them to a spammer for $100,000, was due in Federal court and was going to plead “guilty” to charges that he violated CAN-SPAM. It was anticipated that Jerry Smathers would face […]
With our last two articles being on the AOL thief, and on spim and spit spam, we thought that it was time to trot out this gem from our archives, for those readers who have not yet seen it.
First it was spam – the junk email we all know and love to hate. Then it was spim, which is spam sent by instant messenger (hence the “i m”). Move over boys, and meet “spit”. Spit is spam sent to a Voice Over IP (VoIP) connection, another name for which is “Internet telephony” (hence […]
Jerry Smathers, a former AOL employee who first made the news by stealing more than 92 million AOL user email addresses, and selling them to spammers, is now facing up to two years in prison for his misdeed. Due in court in New York on Tuesday, it is anticipated that Smathers will plead guilty to […]