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Friday, August 12, 2005

Microsoft to Spend Spam King's Money on Fighting Crime

From  "Software giant Microsoft will invest the $7m it is expecting from a damages settlement with "spam king" Scott Richter into fighting internet crimes, paying its legal bills and "rewarding" the state of New York.  The announcement was made by Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith in an open letter posted on the company's website.  After covering its legal expenses, Microsoft will dedicate $5m dollars to helping law enforcement agencies address computer-related crimes, Smith said.  Smith said in the letter: "In appreciation of the role of the New York attorney general, another $1m of this settlement money will be directed to New York state... to expand computer-related skills training for youths and adults."  Describing Richter - who is said to have sent or assisted others in sending more than 38 billion emails per year - as one of the world's most "prolific" spammers, Smith called the settlement a milestone and expressed hope that the decision would send a clear warning to those dabbling in spamming."  Story . . .  [Mark Godsey]

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