Group Backs Off Threat to Post AOL Addresses
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The Chino, CA-based bulk e-mail group had threatened to broadcast a million AOL addresses on New Year's Eve, to be followed up by 5 million more names on Jan. 8. The posting would theoretically give e-mail marketers 24 hours to download the list, which could then be used to send AOL customers unsolicited e-mail.
The idea was to protest AOL's anti-spam policies, which NOIC claims prohibit legitimate small businesses from marketing to consumers who may be interested in the ads. AOL had called the move "cyber-terrorism."
According to NOIC, a spate of requests from AOL members not to post the millions of addresses forced the marketing organization to capitulate.
AOL had told the group it would seek monetary damages if its service or members were affected by the posting of the list.