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Have you helped a spammer today?

Proxy servers are becoming a back door for spammers, and an alarming number of people are unwittingly helping them shuttle spam. How to fight it? Secure your system.

Proxy servers are becoming a back door for spammers, and an alarming number of people are unwittingly helping them shuttle spam. Also: Marketers are trying new tactics to get their message out, including tacking ads onto people's e-mail messages.

Lending spammers a helping hand
Spammers discover tricks to tap into proxy servers to send junk mail.
September 23, 2002

Sign here for spam
A junk e-mail fighter is sticking uninvited ads in its users' personal e-mail messages.
September 20, 2002

Calif. bans mobile phone spam
Gov. Gray Davis signs a bill that would free mobile phones and pagers from unwanted text messages.
September 20, 2002

previous coverage
SparkList confirms e-mail address theft
E-mail manager SparkList says e-mail addresses were stolen from its database, which allowed some customers' mailing lists to be bombarded with spam.
September 18, 2002

Be wary of Washington's spam solution
High-level lobbyists concoct ways to reduce unsolicited e-mail. But can new laws actually kill spam?
September 9, 2002

Groups seek federal action on spam
Consumer groups ask the FTC to stanch the flow of junk e-mail, which they say is a menace to the Net.
September 4, 2002