Major Players in SPAM

Major Players in SPAM

  • Internet Savvy Marketers and/or Frauds out to make a dollar.
  • Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) : Bell Sympatico/MSN, Rogers/Yahoo, Aliant, AOL, NetZero, 3Web, Cogeco, and dozens and dozens more… etc.
  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Hormel Foods Corporation – Creators of SPAM (Canned Food)
  • Usenet – this is where the term as we know it today came into existence.
  • Script Kiddies
  • Email Providers (GMail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc)
  • DC Brands International,
  • Red Truck Entertainment,
  • Wataire Industries
  • Sports-stuff.com.
  • Your Mom, literally
  • Last, but not least YOU!

“Shoulder of Pork and hAM” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam_(food). That’s right the original term Spam stood for should of pork and ham, by the Hormel Foods Corporation.

“Measuring Implementation and Impact
A substantial number of Canadian ISPs, including many of the major players and other network operators, have started to implement some or all of the recommended technical practices, particularly by blocking port 25 and upgrading their filtering techniques.
The experiences of other countries have shown that ISPs themselves, particularly market leaders, can do much to spread the adoption of anti-spam technical and business best practices throughout the industry. The leadership already shown by some Canadian ISPs in implementing the recommended best practices has been instrumental in encouraging other ISPs to do likewise.”

Laws Related to Spam

The Can-Spam act, which originated in 2003, details the requirements for commercial emailers. Mainly, it bans false or misleading header information such as false or misleading “From”, “To”, “Subject” and e-mail address of the sender and the domain name of the email service provider of the sender. Also, another important provision under this act is that any commercial emails sent out must include a way to opt-out of the e-mail messages, in other words, the person receiving the email must be given the choice to prevent further messages from being sent to them from the commercial party. One final main provision is such that any commercial emails must include the company’s valid postal address as well as indicating that this is an advertisement along with the opt-out provisioning aforementioned.
In terms of the penalties for breaking the Can-Spam laws include fines up to $11,000, but there is more; any emails that are deemed to be deceptive are also subject to further laws which ban false and/or misleading advertisements. Also there can be further penalties including imprisonment for those who use computers that do not belong to them to send spam, or otherwise use fraudulent identities online to carry out their operations of sending more of it.
An important message from the Federal Trade Commission is as follows:

“If you get spam email that you think is deceptive, forward it to spam@uce.gov. The FTC uses the spam stored in this database to pursue law enforcement actions against people who send deceptive email.”– (http://www.ftc.gov/spam/).

References

Federal Trade Commission,

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