Microsoft and New York Align to Sue Spammers

Microsoft and the state of New York announced Thursday joint lawsuits against one of the nation's most egregious spammers. The suits target Scott Richter, currently listed as the third most prolific sender of spam in the world, according to spam researchers. Richter is accused of sending illegal spam messages in 35 countries and disguising the email so that consumers can't trace it. "Deceptive and illegal spam, like the kind we're attacking today, is overwhelming legitimate email and threatening the promise and potential of the Internet for all of us," Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel at Microsoft, said. The move comes just 1 day after President George W. Bush signed the nation's first antispam bill into law

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