Federal regulators want to shut down a spam operation that allegedly used deceptive e-mail with bland subject lines like "new movie info" and "did you hear the news" to lure people to pornographic Web sites.

The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that after receiving about 46,000 complaints it had asked a federal judge to halt the operation until there can be a trial. It is the first FTC case involving spam with deceptive subject lines, the agency said.

"When consumers opened the e-mail messages, they were immediately subjected to sexually explicit solicitations," the FTC said. "Because of the deceptive subject lines, consumers had no reason to expect to see such material."

Children may have been exposed to the pornographic e-mail, the agency said...