MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/related; boundary="----=_NextPart_01C612B6.8EA45500" This document is a Single File Web Page, also known as a Web Archive file. If you are seeing this message, your browser or editor doesn't support Web Archive files. Please download a browser that supports Web Archive, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer. ------=_NextPart_01C612B6.8EA45500 Content-Location: file:///C:/04962974/news_major_isps_unite_in_spam_fight.htm Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset="us-ascii" Major ISPs unite in spam fight

http://news.com.com/2100-1024-5172038.htm= l

 

 

 

3D"CNET&nb= sp;

Major ISPs unite in = spam fight


By Marguerite Reardon
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
 

Story last modified March 10, 2004, 10:14 AM PST

America Online, Microsoft, EarthLink and Yahoo have teamed up to file the first major industry lawsuits under the new federal antispam law. =

Citing the Can-Spam Act, the companies filed the combined six lawsuits against hundreds of defendants in federal courts in California, Georgia, Virginia and Washington state. The complaints charge the defendants with sending hundreds of millio= ns of bulk e-mail messages to customers of the four networks.

In the complaints, the companies claim that the accused spammers have sent deceptive solicitations= for a variety of products, including get-rich-quick schemes, prescription drugs, pornography, instructions for conducting spam campaigns, banned CDs, mortga= ge loans, university diplomas, cable descramblers and other common types of unsolicited e-mail.

They a= lso claim that the defendants have used open proxies, which send spam through third-party computers to disguise their point of origin, and used false "from" e-mail addresses. They claim the e-mails were sent without physical addresses. And the messages failed to include an electronic unsubscribe option. Each allegation is a violation of the Can-Spam law.

U.S. Senators Conrad = Burns, R-Mont., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who wrote the Can-Spam Act, applauded the lawsuits.

"Today’s f= iling proves that the days of spamming with impunity are finally over," Wyden said in a statement. "These suits will have to be settled in a court of law, but I believe this action marks the dawn of a new day for spammers--on= e in which they face real accountability."

Can-Spam was passed i= n late 2003 to help regul= ate spam by threatening various forms of punishment, including possible pri= son sentences, against individuals and companies responsible for sending unsoli= cited e-mail. The law does not give individuals the right to sue. Only Internet service providers and government officials = can file suit.

These are not the fir= st suits to be filed. Earlier this month, Internet service provider H= ypertouch filed a lawsuit in California, accusing BVWebTies, the company that owns and operates BobVila.com, and one of its partners, BlueStream Media, of breaching guidelines of the Can-Spam Act.

So far, the Can-Spam = law has done little to discourage spammers. A study released in February found that only 3 percent of bulk commercial e-mail included a valid U.S. postal mail address for the sender and a link to opt = out of future messages, as required by the federal mandate. <= /p>

 

------=_NextPart_01C612B6.8EA45500 Content-Location: file:///C:/04962974/news_major_isps_unite_in_spam_fight_files/image001.gif Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64 Content-Type: image/gif R0lGODlhhwAoAPcAAP////z//8wAAAAAAMoAAMsAAPDw8PLy8tXV1TExMQYGBiAgIEtLSwEBAQQE BKKiotUvL/7+/g4ODgsLC8LCwvT09Ly8vPzx8cDAwO/v7wwMDODg4Hh4eMcAAG9vb99eXvv7++Pj 4/77+9lAQNMgILa2tiYmJh0dHXZ2dhUVFRYWFjw8PN1VVdtISNpFRYaGhk1NTf74+Pb29vz8/MrK yskAAJ+fn2VlZQgICAMDAwcHB+uamuyenrS0tNAVFaysrNc2Nt5YWPHx8RkZGdMkJObm5sgAAGho aN7e3tY0NGRkZNLS0sTExDMzM9QoKNQqKoyMjPK8vKmpqSoqKoqKihMTE4GBgTo6OuaBgcjIyJ2d nc0EBCgoKOXl5V1dXc7OznR0dMwBAQkJCREREVlZWemPjwUFBeV/f88ODtUsLO6qqu7u7k9PT++t rdIdHSwsLNfX1+eFhYiIiOV7e/319TU1NS8vL9c4ONg5OQICAvTJyWJiYnx8fDIyMvX19eqYmM0S Evjd3ZKSkuvr6z4+PpeXl0ZGRlFRUdxOTvbS0uzs7NTU1B4eHswCArm5uaenp6CgoGpqatMmJtg4 OCMjI46Ojjc3N7u7u66uriQkJOTk5Nra2uaDg/zu7tUuLnBwcNtLS9DQ0Pj4+OmSkunp6dUwMNEY GPrm5s4LC9zc3HJycuR3dxoaGhAQEMbGxlNTUyEhIUFBQV9fX1VVVfK/v0NDQ9/f3/zw8Dg4ONjY 2PTHx84MDM0HB/rk5G1tbczMzP78/NASEuFpadYyMvG2tvCysrKystYwMFtbW6Ojo0hISPri4kpK SuBiYvvq6pSUlP/+/tEbG/vs7KWlpc0ICONxccUAAN5bW9pNTcIAAPjZ2ZmZmb6+vvfX139/f+Jt be2lpfPz8+R4ePfY2PG6uuBlZZGRkdxSUmdnZ9tVVdlJSfHw8Ng8PP34+PPR0eydnf3z8+aMjNnZ 2cwDA/XNzbSzs9dFRfr29vHGxs8XF+iKitIbG+N1dcPDw/PCwvzr6yH5BAAAAAAALAAAAACHACgA AAj/AAMIHEiwoMGDCBMqXMiwocOHECNKnEixosWIADJq3Mixo8ePIEOKHEmypMmTJP+1YQHEB5qX bkx90wMPpc2bOHPq1KjrQzABQIMKFeCGX6CdSJMqtXlK2JahUIUG4xRjqdWrV6M4icpVKLtuWMOK takGVdezQEn4G8u2rUc11NDKDabHrV22eswOLSAXKpFTHkFskAdHkUbBm+SFmHGXI6lLPyyEcHsh DVReJHj1HXoOWkcEK95MOYQk45I+b94wM9wYgAwquFRMUNHEWwa2c6ASSHMqDYHNQtV0DDVmgPEX GX+ZMU5pUOsIvhwYn94AnR+x2vQKJVCKTqnfcgsQ/+ArwAkdjghgTeeCAMASFcb7rInwpYSF+xa4 9cil6ZKjLOHMwEQJFAgBwi+OlLBERkhgYkMyFNzWkTl5UDedGMloJAMTD9hgjCYadXFJCUyAoFEE TDhiQREerRIVARBcAAF4ZxHQQhlOkAcOegtMNwAHACySgnEJGHAAAwNIoKSSP/6gghknSGbCAFWU UMQVxqEAwA92TDcBGYtEsFEFWBpXBx9TTAfDAQAUcURxA+RASD8ZFaJBA1V8oRENQwwwgQ0d0UFC UOLVIF6MnhhagHjkCUBADb8ZoQ8ALdQAlAs8+pjCBqnAmYAQBhji43SRLNFnDo/QMKQDWqSiXgOY qP866gB9lKaRIxIY10oJABRS4QCU5CIDGbNOsaAgOQzQAHIZodDAAHlo0RE5QREQDCiI+GAEBLck EQ0JW7gBBC98FZAEC8MUYAQWAHyQTxgCoNLLRgj06CMHG1RBpJEwGJfCCgA3AcUBUzZgwyUTKEvF IqzEmcoRxg1xQ5mvgKjRM9MlUAEAv2RiwiFQCPGIdAM0AQMOxikBgBY6GGfJxjJYYpwCGXJ0BlAE JAEWAIHgIYkzQfTSCTmnQNPGPFu84xk0ZRhxBgAx6EGuAMJpVO+oKlDAxb5HGueFJqSQskEGERBi XCUPkOxBCcWdYEsdxkUCgC0MKLEGR2BMZ0hGQtT/s4gMAERA7ACsLLEGkgNwMYgUyyXpCACXtDLz Ax2xAFQBbQBQBicAEJOGNHdwHkg6dT1xBwCJCJMIAESIozki8wA1B732TpeHF2kOUGTXA3jQkSzG cWDFdIcIkqshRTRh5oIZ3M3RDdOx4ZEmMg8QS0ZUPFsFDSW0rOwnAAw/OUciJBEULSKEUQAd2gDR CQlAALCDNU+zEwQAc2Qz+ySrADCCEUFpBu0iNiQ/iYFriKOEF9hwAwnJwTizQMZ0VuCLhN2gAnuY DiVQYIuOgGBwA/CCR5aQCePIIiPJSNgEMFEClBnHEBVgxnQUQLmNxMAyQImCCNAgAESAYhi3IMII /wDAgw6wCw/3KwMgygAAIPSvBTQCxQAHwAYlJMtHu0PcdEywgYyUQDpNaEIDEnaCWLQMOTSAz3Rg YQ5RbGQGXpgOGTxCA0akLCM/yBUOHtDC6UyhElManw1xKAAdokE827qAEIloRAAgEWr/AEYTn0gj TFnNXq/ox9awaCQtGocRXQQAEg4oATFM4AqtMEMKpDONjLgiFqOyghs1AjHjwICOJzDOHvAoORzY oI8KGIAOhoCDHASThhy5YVAMWYAadCBGiyziEe9XjGZcAxHUeBoUg4KIKcbCD6oYVRaNI7AXCGJj rsmlvzzQJeNogAkaqYAgVjAdVmRhI3yYzhUyUv+BQtigNEtQ5y4BIIVcieERfaxDIEvWhwEgcyPA uMMyd7iFa2ADiNFs5CPnYA0inAMQ2qRROaZ4BVJsQo0INM4ROjIDZUxnAY9wqXGmsAmOFMEDxslB ITaihV+ZYDJw6FMfrPCFMkkPAM+QjgQw0IPlkAEMJJMDGxxaw41c43zpCwMAluE+IpxOmgA4Bgvw l404AIAdrhtBB8jDuUsa5wqTqWVKB3AEMW0kAhzw4xfiaBwGOAcAUGADi+ShRigAIAsPGMQXGiZM 5ECBZFzkqwmEAAB0MMcWP5AOA4xRHDH8QoYP3UgcLlcMAAjjfrSAQCfSUA1Gsqsa3YyCPaIAAE// CPAd6vABX0rr1gHAFQBdgJPuOmmcN3CADxzwQCUMAAAbTHAQn5iOB2YQAT5IhxA9QMFyJGABTFRB ByvoAl+FuQANkCoCLzBOdQShxkNEABLBbEIIajEAGJottDxphAAKwA7AAOACLSCCNEYgDQC8owNP AwAo/qCRNmzBB6ujlLWcsZFFqBMXkwEATo1jByPJdFRvKI0FpvMKP6TXOIY1wBtmZT1FSNA4WpDV rBZwzyXkzkc6+EGvpGMCP0BhAHIAgPJyAImOKNNR+7hGOZxQA24NQxJOMEUBfOCEJ1AjDC74Rgvm sSg0VHkXAhjrRr6grwHYwVZBNY4JMiAE+s7K/w5dRECuehcBLUznERmhQfWmkwle5W0AGjBGc9W5 Rkxo5Ae1S5IVMlIJ45xgHdyoggUAsMmddmS0l3sUAWB0AU8YYTz73TTOIEUe8YCaGBzpgjcicQMo SAgEUoiEL6ggA1Fs4waqAIOuUXAEVwMgHFRAhwfoBAcOoIMDNc1IF6BABhjMgg80yEgqfFGLZ8yS CRxgACEYwIF7boQGHDgEDNCh44ww4RNHoIIfQvAAFlUCHZ/wNkdOYQrdxGhGwAkKHkTQGo/IYA3o 1MgMJLSRNXTBeR4RAsJ3MgrdlKId38m3AMJAi35bPCciGMFQCOAEejiBRpsRxsVHfpNARGMo83RA Q+zyjYfzkPzlJtGFD/YicUkcBeY4J4kuTi7xoCRBGzkP+kjG4YKeC6AZFxC60kMSgzLUezNp2NHS pw6SXnDCE2fZAjt24HKq59wh98BHPFjAjiQAIQkj+MAf3HGRtrv97XAfCAjmHve62/3ueM+73u8e EAA7 ------=_NextPart_01C612B6.8EA45500 Content-Location: file:///C:/04962974/news_major_isps_unite_in_spam_fight_files/filelist.xml Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8" ------=_NextPart_01C612B6.8EA45500--