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War of Words, Action On Spam

Spam-fighting is the new watchword of major Internet access providers that are strengthening their rhetoric and actions against junk mailers weighing down their networks and customers. Internet giant America Online on Thursday reminded its 35 million members of the company’s vigilant stance against junk mail, and promised added spam-blocking tools in coming months. The company, which posted a letter on member welcome pages, said it already thwarts about 750 million pieces of unwanted e-mail daily. This week, Microsoft pledged to bring several lawsuits against spammers it believes are pilfering e-mail addresses from its Hotmail members to send them junk mail. The coming suits follow one that Microsoft filed in federal court last week, charging anonymous people it suspects of having harvested e-mail addresses from its Hotmail servers to spam subscribers. These efforts come shortly after EarthLink, the No. 3 Internet service provider, talked about a new line of spam-blocking, antivirus and Web filtering tools that will come out later this year. Full Story

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