Microsoft sues eight alleged spammers

Software giant claims defendants violated CAN-SPAM Act

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</head> <body> <div class="rxbodyfield"> <p page="1" class="ArticleBody">Microsoft Corp. has filed lawsuits against eight alleged spammers under a new U.S. antispam law that went into effect in January.</p> <p page="1" class="ArticleBody">Microsoft accuses the defendants of violating the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act by spoofing and otherwise falsifying their domains, routing e-mail through open proxies, deceiving customers with misleading subject lines and failing to include unsubscribe options in their e-mails.</p> <p page="1" class="ArticleBody">Each of the defendants allegedly sent millions of e-mail messages, soliciting a variety of products including body-part enlargement pills, prescription drugs, dating services, university degree programs and work-at-home and get-rich-quick scheme offers. The eight new lawsuits don't include major spammers, but some of the defendants have sent out hundreds of millions of pieces of unsolicited e-mail, according to a Microsoft spokesman.</p> <p page="1" class="ArticleBody">Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft intends to continue filing spam lawsuits until spammers stop sending unsolicited e-mail, the spokesman said.</p> <p page="1" class="ArticleBody">Four of the spam cases were filed June 2, with four more filed Thursday. In addition, three spam cases that Microsoft filed in December have been amended within the last two weeks to name defendants. The cases, filed in Washington state, ask the court to order the alleged spammers to stop creating Microsoft Hotmail accounts, and to stop highjacking Microsoft computers to send spam. Microsoft is seeking unspecified damages.</p> <p page="1" class="ArticleBody">One of the eight new cases is against a defendant listed on the Register of Known Spam Operations (ROKSO), operated by the Spamhaus Project. Over the past year, Microsoft has filed more than 80 legal actions against spammers, including 51 in the U.S., according to the company. Nine of the U.S. lawsuits were against alleged spammers on the ROKSO list, including five on ROKSO's top 10 list.</p> <p page="1" class="ArticleBody">In late April, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed CAN-SPAM-related legal charges against two alleged spamming companies.</p> </div> </body> </html></article>

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