May 17, 2009 |
It's not all doom and gloom in the U.S. economy. Some products are bucking the recession and flying off store shelves. Sales of chocolate and running shoes are up. Wine drinkers haven't stopped sipping; they just seem to be choosing cheaper vintages. Gold coins are selling like hot cakes. So are gardening seeds. Tanning products are piling up in shopping carts; maybe more people are finding color in a bottle than from sun-worshiping on a faraway beach. Strong sales of Spam, Dinty Moore stew and chili helped Hormel Foods Corp.
April 8, 2009 |
Oprah Winfrey has been generous with her studio audiences, including the famed day when she pointed to everyone there and proclaimed, "You're getting a car!" But she's not giving away $1 million, despite a spam e-mail making the rounds. The FBI has issued a warning that the "Oprah Millionaire Contest Show" e-mail is a scam. The message says the recipient has been nominated to be on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," during which a winner of the cash will be named.
April 5, 2009
Visitors to the home page of the U.S. Supreme Court will look in vain for instructions on how to e-mail the court. That's fortunate for the justices, who otherwise might find their in-boxes jammed with angry reactions to their refusal last week to reinstate a tough anti-spam law. The court's action is sure to be unpopular with computer users weary of junk e-mail, but it was the correct one.
November 25, 2008 |
Facebook Inc. has struck back against spammers, winning an $873-million judgment against a Canadian man accused of sending millions of unsolicited messages about drugs and sex. The popular social networking site said Adam Guerbuez tricked its members into revealing their passwords to send out messages. Guerbuez did not appear in court to defend himself, Facebook said, although the company says it has video of him being served the lawsuit. U.S.
November 14, 2008 |
Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates' 2004 proclamation that the spam problem would be solved within two years has proved a bitter joke, with unsolicited messages doubling yearly to make up about 90% of mail transmitted on the Internet. But this week, the tide turned. The number of unwanted, offensive and misleading e-mails sent across the globe plummeted by about two-thirds, to a mere 60 billion or so a day by Thursday, according to spam filtering companies.
November 13, 2008 |
The volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide may have dropped drastically Wednesday after a San Jose Web-hosting firm, identified by many in the computer security community as a major host of organizations engaged in spam activity, was taken offline. McColo Co., which computer security experts say serves as a U.S. staging ground for international firms that sell items including counterfeit pharmaceuticals and child pornography, ceased operations after two Internet providers blocked Web access.
September 22, 2008
Jaws dropped onto keyboards across the country last week when the Virginia Supreme Court, citing the 1st Amendment, overturned the conviction of a man accused of swamping computers with more than 10,000 spam e-mails in a single day. Fortunately, there's no need to worry that your inbox is about to be invaded: The reasoning of the decision doesn't affect anti-spam laws in other states, including California, that punish only unsolicited commercial messages.
September 13, 2008 |
The Virginia Supreme Court declared the state's anti-spam law unconstitutional Friday and reversed the conviction of a man once considered one of the world's most prolific spammers. The court unanimously agreed with Jeremy Jaynes' argument that the law violated the free-speech protections of the 1st Amendment because it does not restrict only commercial e-mails. Most other states have anti-spam laws, and there is a federal spam law as well. The Virginia law "is unconstitutionally overbroad on its face because it prohibits the anonymous transmission of all unsolicited bulk e-mails, including those containing political, religious or other speech protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution," Justice G. Steven Agee wrote.
June 17, 2008 |
MySpace can collect $6 million from a notorious Internet marketer accused by the popular online hangout of spamming its users. An arbitrator has ruled that Scott Richter and his Web marketing company, Media Breakaway of Westminster, Colo., must pay MySpace $4.8 million in damages and $1.2 million in attorney's fees for barraging MySpace members with unsolicited advertisements. Media Breakaway and its employees were also banned from the site. MySpace, a unit of News Corp.
June 11, 2008 |
Cyber-crime pays. But selling counterfeit drugs apparently pays better. Some of the world's most prolific spammers used to tout products for a few pennies per million e-mails or con consumers into forking over credit card information. But these groups have found that the most profit and growth potential lies in actually shipping the fake Viagra and other products they're hawking, according to a study scheduled for release today by a top security researcher.