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  • Readers cook spam

    I wrote in my April 29 column that Windows users can stop spam by suing the advertisers (see Sue a spammer today). The laws of states such as California and Washington provide fines up to $US1000 per unsolicited message. This call created a wave of feedback from readers. I'm happy to share with you some of their good ideas.

  • I am spam

    Ah, the long weekend. The chance to get out, have that extra day in the garden pottering among the trees and vines. Or is it the opportunity to sit in traffic in the pouring rain hoping that huge truck in front doesn't topple over, but secretly hoping it might to help stave off the boredom?

  • Sue a spammer today

    I wrote last week that Windows users can stop spam. Like uninvited faxes, unsolicited commercial email should be against the law because the recipients pay for spam through higher monthly fees at ISPs, and in many other ways.

  • European Parliament spam ruling angers ISPs

    An influential European Parliament committee voted to delete email from a list of technologies including fax and SMS messaging that should be protected against unsolicited advertising, the Parliament said last week.

  • Not us says Colmar Brunton over spam

    Market research company Colmar Brunton says spam originally thought to be going through its Sydney server, is coming from elsewhere. A New Zealand spam victim who pinged the junk mail server found it belonged to Colmar Brunton.

  • Colmar Brunton spam fix in sight

    Market research company Colmar Brunton is upgrading its mail server in the hope that spam being relayed through it will stop.

  • Spam hole reopens at Auckland firm

    One of the Xtra users identified early this year in the net-abuse newsgroup as a channel for spam was Auckland-based steel and tube maker Faulkner Collins.

  • Copping a spam

    It must be something to do with the New Year starting in earnest. The volume of spam received here at the ultra-top-secret, underground, nuclear-hardened, fabulously high-tech but still quite cozy Gearhead Laboratories increased by an order of magnitude last week.

  • Spammers prey on fears

    In spite of all that's changed since September 11, isn't it nice to know that there's at least one constant? No matter what the situation, we can count on spammers to try and take advantage of us.