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Microsoft gets four million dollars for spam

Company pays Vole
Fri Jul 16 2004, 08:43
A JUDGE in California has ordered a spammer to pay Microsoft more than $4 million for jamming its MSN network.

Judge Manuel Real said that Daniel Khoshnood and Pointcom had violated several laws by pretending that an email that downloaded a spam toolbar had come from Microsoft.

Khoshnood and Pointcom were told to stop using domain names like,,,, and in its business operations.

In one spam victims got messages with statements such as "Windows security warning" or "a virus has been detected on your computer. In order for your computer not to crash you will need to go to" in the subject line.

Microsoft legals have been doing a great job at kicking spammers, scoring more than a dozen legal victories among the 60 lawsuits it has filed, most of which are still going on. So far it has collected more than $54 million in judgments. µ


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