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29 Jan 2008
At last week's meeting, the ICANN board uncharacteristially did
something and voted to make their fee of 20 cents per domain-year
expect this to stop both domain tasting and NSI's frontrunning, which it
certainly will. It's not
clear when this change will go into effect, but it might be within a month.
It's items 5 and 6 in
the draft minutes on ICANN's web site.
(The ICANN staff uncharacteristically published the minutes soon after
the meeting, another refreshing change.)
I wonder if Google will now undo their new rule about no ads on domains
less than five days old.
Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/notaste.html
23 Jan 2008
E360 Insight is a small bulk emailing house near Chicago run by David Linhardt
with a chronic spam problem.
He gained fame last year due to a meretricious suit against Spamhaus involving
strange twists and turns, mostly due to Spamhaus getting some dreadful
legal advice. My September
blog entry described the current status of this case.
Last Tuesday he filed a remarkable suit against giant cable ISP
I have just read a
PDF copy of the
complaint (courtesy of spamsuite.com) and each page is more amazing
than the last.
See more ...
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/e3comcast.html
13 Jan 2008
Well, I read the indictment
It's a long litany of criminal behavior, primarily pump and dump stock
fraud of a long list of penny stocks from the US and China.
Ralsky is described as the "chief executive officer and overall leader"
of the scheme, and it goes on to list fifteen others, including
"mailer 2", an unindicted co-conspirator in Seattle who is presumably
The thing that strikes me about this indictment is that although it includes
a lot of CAN SPAM charges, everything Ralsky and Co. did was already illegal
under conventional fraud and computer tampering laws.
Lying about who you are to tout worthless stock is already illegal,
hijacking other people's computers is illegal, and collecting the
money for fraudulent actions is illegal, too.
Sure, they're throwing the book at them for CAN SPAM violations about
fraudulent mail headers and domain registrations, but by my reading,
they'd have just as strong a case without CAN SPAM, and the conventional
charges will be a lot easier to explain to a judge and a jury.
So it's a relief that Ralsky, who spent the better part of a decade
as the country's highest profile spammer, is finally headed back to jail.
(He's been there before, for insurance fraud.)
But it's yet another reminder that the US needs effective anti-spam laws,
and CAN SPAM isn't one.
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/ralsky2.html
In August 2005, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit issued its
long awaited decision in the U.S. v. Councilman case.
This case has an extremely peculiar set of facts and a peculiar history to
match, and although I agree with the court's decision, I'm not too encouraged
by the history of the case.
Everyone apparently agreed to the facts of the case, but see the update
at the end of this article:
Brad Councilman was an executive at a company called Interloc which ran
an online service for used bookstores,
which among other things provided the stores with e-mail accounts.
(Interloc is long gone, merged into the larger
In 1998 Councilman allegedly decided to do a little surrepetitious
by adjusting the procmail script that delivered the stores' e-mail to
make copies of mail from Amazon.com in a mailbox that Councilman and
other Interloc employees read, and they did indeed copy and read thousands
Councilman was in the unusual position of being both an ISP for these
stores and their competitor.
In 2001, Councilman was indicted for violating the Wiretap Act, by
intercepting electronic communications, namely the e-mail from Amazon.
Councilman's lawyers came up with a clever defense arguing that what he
did wasn't against the law.
See more ...
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/councilman.html
04 Jan 2008
Alan Ralsky, widely believed to be one of the world's most prolific spammers, was indicted by the
US Federal government along with ten other people according to a
the government sent out yesterday.
I'll write more on this in a few days after I get back from Japan and have a chance to look at
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/ralsky1.html
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645 days ago
Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail
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