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Microsoft reaches settlement with 'spam king'

Microsoft has settled an anti-spamming lawsuit filed two years ago against Scott Richer and his Internet marketing company, OptInRealRealBig.com.

Microsoft has settled an anti-spamming lawsuit filed two years ago against Scott Richer and his Internet marketing company, OptInRealRealBig.com.

Under the settlement, Richter – the self-styled “spam king” – has agreed to pay $7m to Microsoft and pledged to comply fully with US federal and state anti-spam laws.

Microsoft’s lawsuit was brought in conjunction with the New York Attorney General. It contended that Richer and his firm violated local law by sending e-mail that contained Internet domain names and IP addresses registered using pseudonyms and aliases, and which contained forged sender names, false or misleading subject lines, fake server names, inaccurate and misrepresented sender addresses and obscured transmission paths.

To ensure compliance with the settlement, Richter and his firm have agreed to submit to three years of regulatory oversight.

Microsoft is to put $5m of the settlement towards the ongoing fight against internet crime. It has also pledged a further $1m to provide computers for children at community centres in New York state.

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