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Spammers Break Law With Covert Tracking

Many spammers are ignoring laws forbidding them to insert covert tracking codes in their messages, according to a survey by out-law.com, the IT and ecommerce legal service arm of law firm Masons, and network security outfit iomart. The survey highlights how spam messages often contain covert tracking codes which enable senders to record and log recipients’ email addresses as soon as they open a message. Such spamming techniques, often used by spammers to identify active accounts, are well known. Although iomart’s investigation yields a little more insight into this (more anon), we’ll draw your attention first to Masons’ assessment of the effectiveness of laws on unsolicited commercial email. Full Story

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