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More firms hit by spam hijackers

Bill Goodwin
Pressure is mounting for a change in the law after more small business customers of the Demon Internet service came forward to say they are powerless to act against spammers who are hijacking their e-mail addresses to send out junk mail.

As Computer Weekly revealed last week, under existing UK law police computer crime units are unable to act against junk marketing companies that use hijacked e-mail addresses to send out tens of thousands of e-mails.

Real Time Associates, which makes Modular 2 compilers, complained to Demon last week after its e-mail address was hijacked by a US company advertising a device to descramble cable television channels. "Over the past week we have been deluged with undeliverable mail messages. It is a real pain," said managing director Steve Collins.

Earlier in the year, Real Time's Demon Internet account was hijacked by another marketing company to send out junk e-mails advertising cut-price Viagra.

Another company, Mimosil Technology, said its domain name had been hijacked twice by companies sending out spam e-mails advertising loan services.

Thus, which owns the Demon Internet service, said there is little it can do to prevent the spamming.

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