Hotmail Sues Spammers
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Hotmail filed suit in federal court against eight alleged spammers, claiming that they forged Hotmail's domain name into the return addresses of unsolicited commercial and offensive e-mail messages.
Hotmail said it has a strict anti-spam policy and is a participant in numerous anti-spam efforts, including the Center for Democracy & Technology's monthly ad-hoc meetings in Washington, DC, advising the FTC on the issue.
Forged return addresses (found in the header of the e-mail message) disguise the originator's identity and redirect any angry responses to the unknowing service provider.
Hotmail, recently acquired by Microsoft, alleged trademark infringement and dilution, unfair competition, violations of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as fraud and libel. The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.