On Monday the battle raging in cyberspace between spammers and their nemesis, junk mail activists, will be fought out in a courtroom, where a landmark judgement is expected to influence the future of direct marketing over the Internet.
A US law firm has become the hero of the common people for its decision to take on the spam merchants who wage guerrilla warfare on our e-mail inboxes, offering everything from sex to cars and easy money to psychic readings.
The U.S. District Court ordered the immediate shutdown of a Web site owned by a European spam outfit for bilking more than $1 million from customers, Federal Trade Commission officials announced Monday.
The growth of the spam problem in 2002 has been exponential, writes Kevin Murphy . Companies that sell spam filtering software say currently the percentage of email that is spam could be 20%, 33%, or even up to 50%, compared to less than 10% a year ago.
California gubernatorial candidate Bill Jones is back online after his Web-hosting service shut down his campaign Internet site in protest over a mass e-mail that some outraged recipients compared to spam.
Shifting from daily nuisance to serious IT and business concern, uncontrolled spam is prompting customers to arm themselves with tools to fight back against productivity loss, potential liability and bandwidth-clogging consequences that unsolicited commercial e-mail can bring to an enterprise.
A new report analyzing e-mail messages sent last month found that the problem of viruses and unsolicited e-mail continued to grow, hitting manufacturing, banking and finance, and health care particularly hard.