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    Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc., both influential companies, have joined hands in order to take legal action and persue spammers who are targetting these companies and their customers.

    Amazon and Microsoft have recently filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington against Gold Disk Canada, Inc. stating that the company has sent fraudulent e-mails to Amazon and Hotmail users. The e-mails seem like they are generating from Microsoft and Amazon, but this is not the case.

    Amazon has filed three seperate lawsuits in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington alleging that the individuals were engaged in fradulent schemes against Amazon's customers.

    Microsoft, on the other hand, filed lawsuits against two companies, Activsoft Inc. and Cybertania Inc., owned by an individual Leonid Radvinsky, who allegedly sent e-mails messages to Hotmail users, making them look like they were coming from Amazon. Last week, the software giant filed a lawsuit against Cyberbulletproof.com, who was hosting fradulent web pages on its servers as part of a scamming scheme.

    Microsoft has filed 12 lawsuits against spammers in the past month and it is being predicted that more will follow shortly.
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    Microsoft, Amazon Take a Phishing Trip

    By Cynthia L. Webb
    washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
    Wednesday, September 29, 2004; 9:38 AM

    Amazon.com and Microsoft Corp., the twin peaks of the Seattle area's technology community, are joining forces to attack the tide of spam and fraudulent e-mail messages that clog in-boxes and cause billions of dollars of losses to businesses and consumers. But even when companies with so much clout collaborate on a such a mammoth task, eliminating junk e-mail remains an elusive goal.

    The companies sued several suspected spammers and so-called "phishers" -- crooks who lure people to bogus Web sites to snag financial and other data -- for spoofing Amazon.com's domain name for e-mail scams. They also "are collaborating to test possible technical solutions that would make it more difficult to deliver fraudulent and deceptive e-mail to consumers."



    David Zapolsky, Amazon vice president and associate general counsel, told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "By suing together, we have a stronger case and potentially more avenues to receive damages." Microsoft's top lawyer Brad Smith said in a statement that the "alliance should be yet another wake-up call for spammers and phishers that the industry is teaming up, pooling resources and sharing investigative information to put them out of business."

    That's a lofty goal, and easier said than done. Despite federal and state anti-spam and anti-fraud laws, the rate of abusive e-mail only continues to grow. Consider the evidence.

    "Microsoft said that its latest legal initiatives take the total number of cases it has filed around the world since the beginning of last year to 100. Those lawsuits, aimed at stemming the tide of spam and related scams, had already resulted in legal judgments totalling $70m, said Tim Cranton, senior attorney at the software company. Figures from tech research firm IDC,

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    Thursday, September 30, 2004


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    Three Ontario men are being sued for allegedly sending millions of forged e-mail messages from Internet giants Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. to consumers.

    Microsoft, the world's largest software firm, and Amazon.com, the largest retailer on the Web, allege that Gold Disk Canada Inc., a company run by Barry Head and his sons Eric and Matthew, sent e-mails that looked like they came from the Seattle-area companies, a practice known as "spoofing."

    The Internet giants claim the Head family mounted "illegal and deceptive spamming campaigns that have misused Microsoft MSN Hotmail services and forged the name of Amazon.com," the companies said in a release.

    Microsoft and Amazon are seeking "many millions of dollars" in judgments from Gold Disk Canada and the Heads, said Tim Cranton, senior attorney in charge of Microsoft online safety enforcement.

    The Head family, who live in Kitchener, Ont., a community about an hour southwest of Toronto, have been the subject of other alleged spam and e-mail scams.

    "This is way more serious than just sending spam to a company's user," said Neil Schwartzman, a consultant and anti-spam advocate in Montreal.

    The family gained worldwide attention in March when Web giant Yahoo! Inc., Microsoft and other Internet service providers sued their companies to stop alleged spammers activities.

    According to published reports, the family settled the suit and agreed to pay Yahoo at least US$100,000.

    Yahoo alleged that Eric Head, 25, sent over 94-million bulk e-mail messages in one month to the company's e-mail users.

    Mr. Head later claimed he was out of the business and had joined a rock band.

    Helen Head, Eric's aunt in Kitchener, said she did not know if Eric was a spammer or was spoofing e-mail addresses. She said Eric has always been "a smart kid" who "happens to be gifted."

    Microsoft did not say if the earlier round of lawsuits had decreased the amount of spam that runs through its Hotmail e-mail service.

    Mr. Schwartzman said the Heads are known for selling a "home spammer's kit" called Golddisk. He said the trio has not been convicted of any crime.

    Huey Cotton, a Los Angeles lawyer that represents the three individuals, did not immediately return phone calls.

    Microsoft is trying to fight spam and Internet scams as its Windows flagship software operating system continues to be attacked.

    The company has developed a "caller ID" system for e-mail called Sender ID. The tech standard was dealt a setback earlier this month when an industry group rejected the protocol.

    Mr. Cranton said the next step in the joint lawsuit with Amazon.com will be to identify the scope of the problem and to seek injunction. The Head family could not be reached for comment yesterday.
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    I hope they fry their sorry butts!

    20 years of hard labor for their dirty deeds!!

    It's better than they deserve!!!

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