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Microsoft Aids Florida Anti-Spam Lawsuits

Lisa Minter (
05 Apr 2005 22:55:59 -0700

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. said on Monday it has aided
Florida's attorney general in anti-spam lawsuits against two Tampa
residents, who the state says are responsible for sending tens of
thousands of spam messages.

Microsoft, which has been engaged in a three-year fight against virus
writers, hackers, spammers and Internet scam artists, said in a
statement that Scott Filary and Donald Townsend of Tampa, Florida,
were responsible for "running a bogus e-mail and Internet operation
responsible for sending more than 65,000 illegal spam messages during
the past year."

Filary and Townsend could not immediately be reached for comment.

Florida's top prosecutor, Charlie Crist, said the investigation
against the two was conducted with Microsoft's help.

Microsoft says spam, or unsolicited email advertisements touting
everything from home refinancing to miracle health cures, could hurt
users of its Windows operating system, which runs more than 90 percent
of the world's personal computers.

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

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