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$1.6 million penalty for sex spammers

by Nikola Strahija on July 26th, 2005 Five pornography companies have been fined $1.6 million for sending spam which did not include a warning indicating they included sexually explicit content, report experts at SophosLabs.


Under US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules spammers must include the warning 'SEXUALLY-EXPLICIT: ' in the subject lines of their pornographic emails. Spammers who do not clearly label their sexually orientated messages are in violation of federal law.

In addition to paying high fines, according to the FTC, the companies have also agreed to allow their operations to be monitored to ensure they comply with the law in future. It has been reported that the companies investigated did not actually send out the messages, but are still liable because they hired third parties to do so on their behalf.

-This is another victory for the authorities against those who bombard email accounts with unwanted and sometimes unsavoury content, said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. -The FTC guidelines on marking sexually explicit spam are unpopular amongst the spammers, because it makes it easier to identify unsolicited hardcore messages and prevent them from reaching users. Anything which makes life less profitable for spammers has to be good news for all of us.


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