AOL has filed five federal lawsuits against spammers, seeking damages of more than $10 million.
I hope AOL makes an example out of this case, with some luck it will lay the groundwork for the day when we won’t be annoyed by unsolicited e-mail. I’ve never understood how someone can send a minor e-mail containing explicit words and pictures, with absolutely no retribution; it’s ridiculous.
I’ve been fighting spam here at PlanetJK for quite some time. About 2 years ago I ran across a script called which “generates totally random pages with bogus email addresses.” The point is to feed e-mail harvesters (programs that search the internet for e-mail addresses so that spammers can wake up to a fresh list of thousands of e-mail addresses, which they often sell to other spammers) the bogus e-mail addresses, in an attempt to slow their success. You can see it in action by clicking or by clicking your mouse just to the right of the at the top of most PlanetJK pages.