TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: FTC Settles, For Now, With (Spam King) Wallace

FTC Settles, For Now, With (Spam King) Wallace

Danny Burstein (
Tue, 4 Jan 2005 20:19:43 -0500

(nothing yet on the FTC website. If there's nothing significant
continuing beyond what the press clip reports, I'm very disappointed)

"CONCORD, N.H. Under an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission, a
man known as the "Spam King" will stop infecting computers with
advertising programs until a federal lawsuit against him is resolved.

"Stanford Wallace and his companies, Inc. of Richboro,
Pa., and Seismic Entertainment Productions Inc. of Rochester, are
required by the agreement to send online ads only to people who visit
their Web sites.

"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 ...

rest at (among others):

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