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Old 01-04-2005, 05:52 PM   #1

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Default "Spam King" Wallace reaches truce

Sanford Wallace is known as the "Spam King."

Now he has agreed to stop doing what he has been charged with doing until the federal lawsuit against him is resolved.

Details are in the article below.
Canadian Press

January 4, 2005

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A man known as the "Spam King" has agreed to stop infecting computers with advertising programs until a federal lawsuit against him is resolved.

Under the agreement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Stanford Wallace and his companies, SmartBot.net Inc. and Seismic Entertainment Productions Inc. are required to send online ads only to people who visit their websites.

The government says Wallace used spyware to infiltrate computers, overwhelming them with ads and other programs. Then, he tried to sell programs he claimed would fix the problems. The government said the remedies do not work.

"The commission does believe this is great relief for consumers until the matter is ultimately resolved in the courts," said Laura Sullivan, a lawyer for the FTC. "This provides wonderful protection for consumers in the interim."

No trial date has been set.

Spyware programs monitor which websites a consumer visits and some redirect users to different sites. This can make computers sluggish and often causes them to crash.

U.S. District Judge Joseph DiClerico issued a temporary restraining order against Wallace in October to prevent him from sending ads. Hearings on that order planned for this week were cancelled because the agreement made them unnecessary.

Wallace has said he is being persecuted because of his past involvement in junk Internet mailings.

He headed a company called Cyber Promotions in the 1990s that sent as many as 30 million junk e-mails daily to consumers, earning him the nicknames "Spam King" and "Spamford." He left the company after lawsuits from America Online and CompuServe.

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Old 01-04-2005, 06:06 PM   #2
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Dear resident Media Maven

His name is Sanford Wallace

His GV member name is "lwrules"

and his posts as well as others may be found in the following thread which in fact deals with this FTC action:


Sanford, comments please? Are you still in Vegas?
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