Microsoft Wins Right to Kill Vast Spam Network
A study done by Microsoft last year found that 97% of all e-mail sent over the web is unwanted. Most of those messages are caught in e-mail filters, but many messages, like those that offer wire transfers of money from Nigeria in exchange for a person's social security number and bank account details, sometimes are not.
One issue that could be challenged in court is whether the ruling violates the right to free speech. Messages with harmless, legitimate offers may be unwanted by the recipients, but may not be malicious, damage the recipient's PC operations or make offers that are illegal or illegitimate.
The trouble with spam is that its creators are ever inventive, and that makes filtering it out a continuing challenge. According to the Guardian, creators of spam now target comments on blogs and social networks.
The victory by Microsoft is just one in a long line of efforts that will be needed to keep harmful messages and code from being circulated on the public Internet.