Microsoft has stopped a man from selling lists of email addresses which were being used for spam. A court has granted a summary judgment against Paul Martin McDonald, stopping him from selling the lists.
Microsoft owns and runs Hotmail, a free, web based email service. It sought a summary judgment from the English courts to stop McDonald from operating his Bizads business, which offered for sale lists of email addresses of people which were used as the basis of spam by those who purchased the lists.
Microsoft said that the activity breached the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations. It argued that because a high proportion of the people receiving the emails complained about them it was suffering loss and damage to the goodwill it had as operators of Hotmail.
Ever wonder why you keep getting hackers and spammers to your site and can't quite figure out why they are visiting? There is actually two parts to this. First of all, they want to post their vial filth on your site to help promote a site that they have an affiliation with. Whether they own that site or not, they will stop at nothing short of loosing their own internet access to post on your site. Secondly, what they are doing is trying to increase their search engine ranks. A story I recently posted on earlier today. Lets take a closer look now at how they keep coming back and how you can figure out a way to keep them away.
Another great place to see more articles on referal spam is at Damn Spam
This article is off topic but appropriate
Reply to this if you think this is something that should be taken care of
WHY WAIT UNTIL 2008?
THERE IS AN ELECTION IN 2006. I HEREWITH FIRMLY STATE THAT I WILL NOT VOTE FOR ANY POLITICIAN, REGARDLESS OF THE OTHER ISSUES, IF HE DOES NOT SPONSOR AND SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING LEGISLATION.. THAT INCLUDES EVERYONE STANDING FOR ELECTION IN 2006.
LET US SHOW OUR LEADERS IN WASHINGTON "PEOPLE POWER" AND THE POWER OF THE INTERNET. LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE WITH ME ON THIS BY FORWARDING TO EVERYONE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK.
IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU ARE REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT!
KEEP IT GOING!!!!
2008 Election Issue!!
GET A BILL STARTED TO PLACE ALL POLITICIANS ON SOC. SEC.
This must be an issue in "2008" Please! Keep it going.
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To review/update your contact data, simply:
+ Go to <a href="http://www.godaddy.com/?isc=ICANN06a">www.godaddy.com/?isc=ICANN06a</a> or another registar like <a href="http://www.verisign.com">www.verisign.com</a>
+ Click on the "ICANN Domain Confirmation" icon at the top of the page if they have one
+ You will be taken to a landing page and asked to enter your Domain Information Key: The one that was sent by your registar in an email they have listed on file.
+ Enter your key and click "Go."
Next, simply review the contact information for each domain name. To make a correction, log in to "My Account" with your customer number or log in name and password. Click "Manage Domains" and then "Contacts." If you find that your domain contact data is accurate, there's no need to take action.
If, however, your domain contact information is inaccurate, you must correct it. (Under ICANN rules and the terms of your registration agreement, providing false contact information can be grounds for domain name cancellation.) To review the ICANN policy, visit: <a href="http://www.icann.org/whois/wdrp-registrant-faq.htm">http://www.icann.org/whois/wdrp-registrant-faq.htm</a>
People, if we all take notice of this and keep records updated, then spammers will have but no choice but to either keep their records updated or run the risk of getting shut down by law by order of ICANN. Pretty neat of them eh?