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#1 KoanYorel


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Posted 06 December 2004 - 06:16 PM

December 3, 2004, 5:40 AM PT By Charles Cooper Executive editor, CNET NEWS dot Com

When it comes to combating the spam pandemic, there's the appearance
and there's the reality.

As far as appearances go, things are looking up. Congress finally passed a
real antispam law: the Can-Spam Act, which took effect Jan. 1.

Microsoft, Yahoo, America Online and EarthLink now have a powerful legal
weapon they can use to bring spammers to heel. And it's not just the Internet
service providers. Earlier this week, Ohio's legislature got into the act when it
passed a bill to let the state put out-of-state spammers on trials.

Great. I say send all the bums to Siberia and force-feed them castor oil twice a
day, if that's what it takes. But get-tough measures alone won't suffice--and this is
where the debate about what to do needs to shift focus.

...There are 100 new viruses and 50 new vulnerabilities detected each week.
And the fastest-growing nonviolent crime of them all is phishing.

...If this keeps up, you can kiss the future of low-cost (or free Web) e-mail



Edited by KoanYorel, 06 December 2004 - 06:23 PM.

The only easy day was yesterday.

...some do, some don't; some will, some won't (WR)

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