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The Guardian: Spam, spam, spam and spam? Not for much longer
- The government is planning a clampdown on e-mail spam, demanding that companies obtain consumers' permission before sending them marketing material via the internet.
seattlepi.com: Microsoft-backed bill would dilute spam law, state says
- The state Attorney General's Office has convinced lawmakers that a proposal being pushed by Microsoft Corp. would weaken Washington's landmark law against unwanted and misleading e-mail.
FOXNews.com: Consumer Groups Seek to Put a Can on Spam
- E-mail users seeking relief from spam - unsolicited ads, commercials and promotions that frequently fill up online mailboxes - should not count on help from Congress this year. (November 19, 2003)
BBC News: Spam 'turning people off e-mail'
- People are starting to use e-mail less because of spam, a study finds, though some click on unsolicited messages. (October 24, 2003)
MSNBC: In the trenches of the 'spam wars'
- For those serving on the front lines of the bruising battle over junk e-mail spam is also is the root of the hardball legal tactics, hacking, harassment and death threats that are the hazards of their chosen vocation. (August 07, 2003)
internetnews.com: DMA Releases International Anti-Spam Law Summary
- The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) released a summary of the spam laws in 41 countries and the European Union. (August 06, 2003)
MSNBC: Has the spam dam really burst?
- Spam, some say, has gotten so bad that it's on the verge of killing e-mail. But if the Internet sky really is falling, why doesn't someone do something? (August 06, 2003)
internetnews.com: DMA Urges Schumer to Drop Do-Not-E-mail List Clause
- The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) yesterday urged its members to ask New York Sen. Charles Schumer to drop his proposal for a do-not-e-mail registry. (July 22, 2003)
CNET.com: The DMA's doublespeak on spam
- Robert Wientzen, president of the Direct Marketing Association, has an unusual view of what types of junk e-mail qualify as spam. (July 21, 2003)
SearchSecurity.com: In the spammer's lair
- "As long as people buy the products, I'll keep sending mail," said Ron Scelson, who is dubbed the "Cajun Spammer." (June 16, 2003)
USA Today: Idaho man takes junk e-mail senders to court
- Kevin Wilson is on a mission to rid his e-mail of unwanted electronic advertisements. (April 14, 2003)
CNET.com: Porn spam--legal minefield for employers
- Lewd e-mail promoting pornography may soon pose more than just a technical challenge in the ongoing fight against spam--experts say it's set to become an acute legal problem, too. (April 07, 2003)
CNET.com: Spam suits seek poetic justice
- Antispam company Habeas is suing bulk e-mailers, accusing them of using its poetry without permission in an unusual use of trademark law to clamp down on spammers. (April 04, 2003)
CNET.com: Standards group takes aim at spam
- An influential Internet standards-setting body has begun a close scrutiny of the mounting problem of e-mail spam, in an effort that could have broad-ranging implications for future e-mail use and security. (March 06, 2003)
CNET.com: Antivirus firm takes on junk e-mail
- Antivirus company Trend Micro is jumping into the antispam fray, unveiling new software it hopes will help information technology managers protect their workers from an increasing barrage of unwanted messages. (March 03, 2003)
Wired: Going to Extremes to Fight Spam
- On Monday, the two co-founders of AvantGo launched a new spam filter that takes the most drastic anti-spam approach possible: Users only receive e-mail from people on a list of pre-approved senders. (March 03, 2003)
Wired: Net Gurus Rally Anti-Spam Forces
- The Internet Research Task Force, the closest thing the Internet has to a governing body for all matters technical, inaugurated the Anti-Spam Research Group this week to develop "a taxonomy of the (spam) problem and the proposed solutions." (March 01, 2003)
CNET.com: MSN blocks e-mail from rival ISPs
- Microsoft's MSN said its e-mail services had blocked some incoming messages from rival Internet service providers earlier this week, after their networks were mistakenly banned as sources of junk mail. (February 28, 2003)
PCWorld: It's Open Season on Spammers
- The problem of spam--how to get rid of it, how to track down the senders, and whether to prosecute those spammers--has dominated many discussions at the third annual Privacy and Data Security Summit here this week. (February 27, 2003)
CNET.com: Spam blocker charges for e-mail
- An Australian entrepreneur has created what may be the first antispam service that lets its users charge for the privilege of sending them e-mail. (February 19, 2003)
CNET.com: Group to field spam-filter complaints
- A group of e-mail marketers on Tuesday set up an Internet forum for people to air grievances about spam filters--which can swallow legitimate messages along with the targeted commercial come-ons. (February 18, 2003)
CNET.com: Microsoft going after Hotmail spammers
- Microsoft is turning up the heat on spam, filing a lawsuit to go after people it suspects of having harvested e-mail addresses from its Hotmail servers to spam subscribers. (February 18, 2003)
Wired: Spam Offers: Some Legit, Most Not
- The human gene pool should be incapable of producing enough idiots to financially support the vast number of spammers whose scat litters so many inboxes. Turns out, most spammers make money selling e-mail addresses to other spammers, who then sell those same addresses to others. (February 12, 2003)
The Age: Spam, spam, virus, porn and spam on spam
- The e-mail system is wilting under the attack of confidence tricksters and the mad inventors of viruses, warns Garry Barker. (January 27, 2003)
BBC News: The most annoying spam of 2002
- The most annoying spam purported to pass on to people free passwords for sex sites that usually levy a charge to look beyond the front page. (January 24, 2003)
CNET.com: AT&T spam filter loses valid e-mail
- AT&T WorldNet this week activated a risky spam-filtering technique that it shortly had to defuse after subscribers discovered they were losing legitimate e-mail. (January 24, 2003)
Wired: Spam Confab: Hackers to Rescue?
- Hackers from around the world will converge on MIT on Friday to swap intelligence and marshal their collective brainpower for the fight against a seemingly indomitable opponent. This time it's not Microsoft, DirecTV or the Recording Industry Association of America. It's spam. (January 15, 2003)
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