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    FTC SUES PORN SPAMMER Used Misleading Subject Lines, False E-mail Addresses The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit against Brian D. Westby, a
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 6, 2003
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      FTC SUES PORN SPAMMER
      Used Misleading Subject Lines, False E-mail Addresses


      The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit against Brian D. Westby, a
      Missourian, for violating federal anti-spam laws by sending unsolicited
      e-mails with misleading subject lines. The complaint states that the spam, when
      opened by unsuspecting consumers, contained adult-oriented material including
      images of of naked women and links to porn Web sites operated by Westby.

      The complaint alleges that Westby used subject lines such as “What is wrong”
      and “Fwd: You may want to reboot your computer” to lure people to open the
      spam, and then used false “reply to” or “from” information that made it
      appear that some uninvolved person was the sender (a practice called “spoofing”).
      The FTC says that these innocent third parties often received hundreds of
      angry e-mails from the spam recipients. The agency claims defendant’s practices
      violate Section 45(a) of the FTC Act.

      FTC attorney Steven Wernikoff said the FTC had received approximately 46,000
      complaints about defendant’s activities. “When consumers open up the e-mail
      they’re often greeted with pictures of naked women,” Wernikoff said. “The
      deceptive subject lines enable spam to evade filters and expose consumers to
      unwanted and often graphic sexual material.”

      Why This Matters: This lawsuit shows how the FTC will prosecute an alleged
      notorious spammer/spoofer using the ALEADY existing consumer law, instead of
      waiting for federal anti-spam legislation to be enacted.


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