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Legal crackdown on alleged phishers and spammers using Can Spam legislation, 29.9.04


Former spam king sued again by U.S. companies

Canada's former spam king, Eric Head, whose lawyer said he quit the bulk e-mail trade to play drums in a rock band at 25, is again being sued by U.S. companies for clogging cyberspace with unsolicited pitches for such things as cable descramblers, penis enlargers and debt-consolidation loans.

This time, the Kitchener, Ont., man is also accused of using the trademark of Amazon.com Inc. in countless messages to imply falsely that they were sent or endorsed by the on-line marketing giant, a practice called spoofing.

It is unclear whether the alleged abuses, if they occurred, continued past mid-June, when Mr. Head settled a lawsuit with California-based Yahoo Inc. partly by expressing "deep regret" for any inconvenience he caused and urging all bulk e-mailers to cease operations unless they obeyed new U.S. anti-spam laws. [...]


Microsoft, Amazon.com file anti-spam lawsuit

A joint lawsuit announced yesterday by Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. is the first legal case to result from a spam-fighting collaboration between the companies that began about a year ago. The suit targets a Canadian firm alleged to have used Microsoft's Hotmail service to send misleading commercial e-mails purporting to come from Amazon.com. [...]


Amazon and Microsoft have joined forces to launch a legal crackdown on alleged phishers and spammers.

The companies have filed a joint federal lawsuit against a Canadian company, Gold Disk Canada, accusing it of spoofing.

The companies claim that Gold Disk Canada has been sending millions of deceptive email messages, including ones falsely purporting to have come from Amazon.com, Hotmail.com and other legitimate domains.

Microsoft internet safety enforcement attorney Aaron Kornblum said: "This is the first time we have got together with an e-tailer to stop spam and phishing, using the Can Spam legislation.

"This is not a criminal case [and] what we hope to accomplish is to get an injunction against the defendants, monetary damages and to send a message to spammers saying that spamming has consequences." [...]

  • See the FTC Web site at www.ftc.gov/spam for updates on implementation of the CAN-SPAM Act.
  • The FTC maintains a consumer complaint database of violations of the laws that the FTC enforces. Consumers can submit complaints online at www.ftc.gov and forward unwanted commercial email to the FTC at spam@uce.gov.




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