Spam keeps cookin' despite new laws

Wednesday, 18 February 2004, 10:21 AM EST

Criminal laws "haven't done much to deter virus writers and hackers," said Anthony Teelucksingh, an attorney in the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section.

Speaking at a one-day workshop convened here by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Teelucksingh said the government is "very interested" in prosecuting criminal spammers but also attempted to downplay expectations. "I don't think that criminal prosecutions, even that many of them, will put that big a dent" in spam, he said.

The first federal law regulating spam, called the Can-Spam Act, took effect Jan. 1. Instead of banning unwanted e-mail, Can-Spam instead laid down a complex set of rules--such as honoring unsubscribe requests--that spammers must follow.

By Declan McCullagh at ZDNet.

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