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SPAM Purveyor Taken Down!

posted May 13, 2015, 7:17 AM by Craig Cox   [ updated May 13, 2015, 7:19 AM ]
Here's that rarest of cyber security announcements:  Good news, with no action needed!

The FTC has filed lawsuits against several people in California for selling bogus diet pills, advertised in violation of the CAN-SPAM act.  Their press release is here.  It includes a graphic of the web page to which the spam linked.  (More details about the case here, without the graphic.)

Many of the spam reports I've received over the past months had links that went to this very web site.  Because of the offenders' affiliate structure, it will take 2-3 weeks for all the spam to dry up; but it's encouraging that the FTC can get results like this.

As always, if you get malicious spam, feel free to forward it to me at craig.cox@dtcc.edu.  (I also have advice posted for coping with ordinary spam.)  Sometimes I can get the link taken down, or filter for the attachment.  Sometimes there's not much I can do.  But it's always a good day when the bad guys are driven out of business, with direct benefits to Delaware Tech email users.