Netizens who have received one junk e-mail too many may be winning the war against "super-spammer" Sanford Wallace and his firm, Cyber Promotions.
A judge in Cyber Promotions' hometown of Philadelphia will decide today whether to force the company's Internet service provider, Apex Global Internet Services, to restore Net access to the bulk e-mailer. AGIS dumped Cyber Promotions and two other junk e-mailers, also known as spammers, about 10 days ago. Wallace responded last week by heading to court for a restraining order.
Jason Delker, a spokesman for AGIS in Dearborn, Mich., said the three companies were dropped because of an "outstanding security issue" relating to the company's network. A Cyber Promotions employee said AGIS was being tormented by anti-spammers who were using up all of its bandwidth by flooding the provider's computers with brief messages, a practice known as "pinging."
AGIS agreed this spring to serve Cyber Promotions and four other mailing firms after the companies said they wouldn't send e-mail messages through other servers, a practice that allows senders to conceal their identities. The five companies also established a "global remove list," which allows spam victims to take their names off of mass-mailing lists.