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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 3:52 pm    Post subject: Florida wins injunction against spammers Reply with quote

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Florida wins injunction against spammers
First prosecution of state's law against unsolicited e-mail
News Story by Reuters

APRIL 13, 2005 (REUTERS) - MIAMI -- The state of Florida won its first victory against spam e-mail when a judge granted an injunction against two men accused of running mass e-mailing operations, the state prosecutor said yesterday.

Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist said the injunction preventing the men from sending any more deceptive e-mails was part of his department's first prosecution under an antispam law passed by the state legislature last year.

The men, Scott Filary, 25, and Donald Townsend, 34, both of Tampa, are accused of sending more than 65,000 e-mails, many with misleading subject lines and disguised origins. The e-mails took recipients to Web sites that Crist said were engaged in fraudulent or illegal activities, such as selling pharmaceuticals and cigarettes online or providing a platform for the illegal downloading of copyrighted movies.

The investigation was aided by Microsoft Corp., whose Windows operating system runs more than 90% of the world's computers.

The Florida antispam law allows for a fine of up to $500 per e-mail, or $24 million in the case of the two accused spammers, Crist said in a statement.

http://www.computerworld.com/securitytopics/security/cybercrime/story/0,10801,101051,00.html


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