Spam news from 2002.
Computerworld: Search goes on for ways to stop spam
At a Global Internet Project conference today, IT and government officials looked at ways to counter the spreading nuisance of unwanted e-mail.
Computerworld: Spam Wars
In the past year, spam has moved beyond personal e-mail accounts, invading business systems and graduating from societal pest to corporate enemy.
Computerworld: Spam: Arriving en masse to an e-mail address near you
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.
Computerworld: Study: Amount of spam, virus-infected e-mails rising
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.
Computerworld: Verizon settles lawsuit against spammer
The owner of a Detroit-based commercial e-mail company has agreed to a permanent injunction barring him from sending spam to customers of Verizon Online, a unit of Verizon Communications.
New Architect: A Tidal Wave Of Spam
Editorial. One man decides to give up on spam filtering.
NPR - All Things Considered - Spam
A radio segment on "spam" with Jason Catlett, head of Junkbusters Corporation, which is a privacy advocacy firm. He talks about how spam works, how it makes its way around the world and why it's successful. Then a talk with Alan Ralsky, director of Creative Marketing Zone.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Deceptive chain e-mails targeted
FTC goes after spam purveyors who peddle dubious schemes. 'Spam' bill would require senders to include personal info
Unsolicited e-mail, also known as "spam," would become a thing of the past under a bill introduced by Sen. Bill Finkbeiner, R-Kirkland.
The Register: Hotmail, Yahoo! erect roadblocks for spam sign-ons
Spam fighters have come up with an idea to frustrate the automatic creation of email accounts often used to send spam. (December 27, 2002)
The Register: AOL wins $7m in porn spam case
AOL has won $7m in damages after it claimed its punters had been bombarded with porn spam. (December 17, 2002)
BBC News: The web bites back
Protesters are turning the tables on government officials and businessmen who they say are making the web less pleasant to use. (December 16, 2002) AOL awarded millions in spam case
A Virginia federal court awarded America Online nearly $7 million in damages as part of the Internet service providers' legal victory over a junk e-mail operation, AOL said Monday. (December 16, 2002)
BBC News: US workers spared junk e-mails
Spam is not overwhelming the inboxes of US workers, despite the growing number of junk e-mails promoting get-rich-quick scams or pornographic websites, says a report. (December 09, 2002)
CNET: Spam doesn't kill appetite for e-mail
Spam hasn't killed enthusiasm for e-mail among U.S. workers, according to a new study on e-mail use in the workplace. (December 08, 2002)
Christian Science Monitor: 'White lists' emerge as a tool for consumers in fight against spam
Americans are discovering that the broad effort to fight spam can backfire. (December 02, 2002)
The Register: Anti-spam filters kill legitimate emails
Heavy-handed anti-spam filtering can frequently lead to the loss of legitimate emails. (November 29, 2002) Public access to FTC hurt by spam lists
When Josh Tinnin tried to send e-mail to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission this month, he received an unwelcome surprise: He couldn't. (November 26, 2002)
The Register: Where the heck is all this spam coming from?
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. (November 25, 2002)
Slashdot: As the Spam Turns
The SBL has added Verio's corporate mail servers to its blocklist which protects nearly 100 million mailboxes, because of the number of spam gangs on the Verio network. Verio also provides connectivity to AS26212, a collection of 9 of the most notorious spammers netblocks. AS26212 is also connected to and (November 17, 2002)
CNET: Spammers slipping ads through Windows
Spammers have co-opted an administration feature in Microsoft's Windows operating systems and are using it to bring up intrusive advertisements on Internet-connected computers. (October 17, 2002)
The Age: E-mail users want spam off the menu
Spam, spam, spam, spam! In Monty Python's day, it was comical, but today the unavoidable excess of spam has gone way beyond a joke. (October 16, 2002)
andersja: Spam, Hype and SpamAssassin
An article about hyped mail-filtering products versus freely available SpamAssassin. (October 16, 2002)
BBC: Spam poses threat to privacy
Workplace privacy will be casualty in war on spam. (October 16, 2002)
CNET: Fat times for spam
In September, more than 17 percent of all e-mail traveling across the Internet could be classified as spam, according to data collected by UK e-mail service provider MessageLabs. The company's figures are presented in its latest monthly report. (October 16, 2002)
The Age: The Plague
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. (October 11, 2002)
CNET: Spam: It's more than bulk e-mail
Consumers are increasingly applying the stigma of spam to marketing messages of all stripes, causing headaches for legitimate advertisers on the Web and beyond. (October 08, 2002)
BBC: E-mail makes surfers emotional
According to US-based net think-tank the Nielsen Norman Group, people can have highly emotional reactions to e-mail newsletters. (October 06, 2002)
Instant Messaging Planet: Mobile Spam Banned in Calif.
Governor Gray Davis signs a bill that will prohibit the sending of spam to mobile phones and pagers starting next year. (September 20, 2002)
BBC News: Hotmail puts squeeze on spam
Microsoft is taking action to cut down on the amount of spam reaching anyone with a Hotmail e-mail address. (September 19, 2002)
San Francisco Chronicle: Spam stampede clogs Internet
Amid all the unwanted e-mail pitches for Viagra, porn and Nigerian get- rich schemes comes this message from computer experts: You ain't seen nothing yet. (September 08, 2002) Groups seek federal action on spam
Spam has become such a menace to the Internet that the Federal Trade Commission should take swift steps to stanch the flow of bulk e-mail, three consumer groups said Wednesday. (September 04, 2002) Consumer groups fight spam epidemic
A coalition of consumer groups plans to ask the federal government to rescue people from the deluge of unwanted commercial mail that clogs their inboxes and sucks up their time. (September 03, 2002) Anti-spam Group Bocks Yahoo Stores
An anti-spam group has put Yahoo's storefronts on its list of suspected junk e-mailers, snarling attempts by some customers to access the storefronts. (August 30, 2002) If it's spam, the message is "delete"
When Emily Sachar got back from vacation recently, she had an e-mail inbox full of hundreds of messages. Unfortunately, most of them were spam. (August 29, 2002) You've got spam, and more spam
Corporate networks are becoming increasingly clogged by e-mail pitches for pornography, money-making schemes and health products, and there's little relief on the horizon. (August 29, 2002)
The Age: Spam, the plague giving the Net indigestion
If you already get too much junk e-mail, you'll get twice as much by New Year - and at the moment there is little anyone can do to stop it. No wonder consumers rate it their worst computer problem. (August 01, 2002) Spam suit rings on Sprint
Sprint Communications is facing a lawsuit in Utah alleging that it sent unsolicited commercial messages, or spam, in violation of a recently enacted state statute. (August 01, 2002) Spam filter a career killer?
A meeting reminder from the boss, a lascivious letter from a lover, or the daily tally from a fantasy football league: Which e-mail would you read first? (July 29, 2002) Sun goes down on man of words
Green describes these electronic messages as "a little ray of sunshine". It irritates him that some of the recipients can't see the light. They regard Green's sunshine as spam, get mad as hell, and send him responses that are "threatening, abusive, filthy-minded, arrogant, quite offensive, and when you consider what I've sent out is philosophical, enlightening and positive, I guess they are not ready for it". (July 26, 2002) Anti-spam service battles bugs
A new anti-spam service launched with much fanfare this week is facing some technical hurdles out of the gate and frustration from the community it relies on to fight junk mail. (July 20, 2002)
SF Gate: Spam attacks growing
According to the latest monthly data from Brightmail the rate of unique spam attacks measured by the company's network of decoy addresses has increased more than five-fold during the past year -- from less than a million in June 2001 to more than 4.8 million last month. (July 15, 2002) New Ways to Can Spam E-mail
New spam filter uses peer-to-peer networking tricks. (June 19, 2002) Start-up wants your help to fight spam
Ordinary Web surfers could play a major role in stemming the rising tide of junk e-mail crippling the Net, if a new anti-spam company hits its mark. (June 19, 2002) EU body pushes spam guidelines
The European Parliament has signed off on sweeping guidelines for Internet regulation, including prohibiting spam and the use of cookies without the explicit permission from Web surfers. (May 31, 2002)
Slashdot: Australian Spammer Sues Back
We've all heard the one about the spammers begin sued. Now, an Ausie spammer is suing back, for being blacklisted. Claiming damages and equipment replacement costs and so on. The whole article is over at Yahoo. So, I guess now, not only are we subjected to the spam, but we can't block it either? (May 30, 2002)
BBC News: New York takes on 'spam' e-mail
Fresh from his victory over Merrill Lynch, state attorney general Elliot Spitzer sues for sending millions of 'spam' e-mail adverts. (May 29, 2002)
Telepolis: European Parliament to come to crucial vote on spam
"Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs" asks European Parliament to force the floodgates wide open for spam. (May 25, 2002) Congress, critics wrinkle noses at spam bills
Spam may be an unwanted staple in your in-box, but don't expect lawmakers to serve up new regulations anytime soon. (May 21, 2002)
BBC News: Getting Tough On Spam
Unsolicited e-mail is becoming a problem for users and internet service providers. (May 11, 2002) Compulsory Notice of `Adult Advertisement` for Sexual Spam Mails
The advertising mails containing bad things for juveniles like sexual and violent contents should attach the notice of `Ads for Adults` to the title from July. (May 08, 2002) 4 Million Won Penalty to 5 Companies Distributed `Spam mails` Indiscrimately.
5 companies including adult broadcasting companies and shopping malls that have sent `Spam mails` ignoring the rejection of the receivers were imposed to correctional fines. (April 30, 2002) Spam Mail with False Title to be Punished
The person who sends e-mails without an indication of advertisement or containing false exaggerated ads will be punished of suspension of business license or criminal punishment from May. (April 24, 2002)
BBC News: Nigeria grapples with e-mail scams
The Nigerian authorities declare war on the growing of number of fraudsters who use cyber cafes to send out phoney e-mails. (April 23, 2002)
Christian Science Monitor: War on e-mail spam ratchets up in courts, legislatures |
A lawsuit against spam on the Internet is part of a larger effort to control the proliferation of unsolicited e-mail. (April 18, 2002)
BBC News: Using the net to catch junk mail
A Napster-like network might be able to stem the tide of spam mail messages flooding the internet. (April 10, 2002)
BBC News: Why one spam could cost $50
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. (April 09, 2002)
The Age: The dangers of spam SMS
You can get paid to receive ads on your mobile, but it might burst the spam dam, writes Nicole Manktelow. (April 05, 2002) Is your e-mail watching you?
Watch out--the spam choking your e-mail in-box may be loaded with software that lets marketers track your moves online, and you may not even be aware that you've been bugged. (April 04, 2002) Yahoo users fume over "spam" switch
Some Yahoo members on Friday reacted angrily to changes in the Web portal's e-mail marketing practices, comparing the company's revised policy to an open invitation to spam. (March 29, 2002)
E-Commerce News: FTC Shuts Down 9-11 Spam Scam
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. (March 11, 2002) Free speech or campaign spam?
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. (March 04, 2002)
Internetnews: It's All Perfectly Illegal
The seven werpetrators agreed to settle charges that they were spamming consumers with deceptive chain letters. Financial terms of the settlements were not disclosed. (February 12, 2002) Marketing group scrapes off spam label
The Direct Marketing Association has created mandatory ground rules for members sending sales pitches via e-mail, a move designed to help avoid a government crackdown on commercial messages. (January 24, 2002)
San Francisco Chronicle: Spam going mobile
Fight is on to keep unwanted text ads off cell phones. (January 15, 2002)
San Francisco Chronicle: Court upholds anti-spam law / Unsolicited e-mail not protected, judges say
In a victory to thrill anyone annoyed by the "spam" that clogs e-mail accounts, an appellate court has upheld the constitutionality of California's tough 1998 law regulating unwanted commercial messages. (January 04, 2002)
USA Today: E-mail avalanche even buries CEOs Take some tips from harried chief executives who are drowning in it
In the three seconds it takes to read this sentence, more than a half-million e-mails will land in in-boxes. By 2005, nearly that many will land each second. The e-mail avalanche knows no rank. (January 04, 2002)
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