Microsoft Going After Hotmail Spammers

from the one-small-step dept

Microsoft has been accused of being “friendly” to spammers via their Hotmail service, but now, they’re trying to change that by suing some of the people they believe have been harvesting Hotmail addresses. Microsoft hasn’t yet tracked down the spammers, but instead filed a “John Doe” suit, which they’ll use to try to track down spammers. While I’m all for smacking down spammers with as heavy a stick as anyone can find, there is a fine line between forcing companies to give up a spammer and forcing them to give up the name of someone who is downloading music…

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Microsoft Going After Hotmail Spammers”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
thecaptain says:

I guess we'll have to wait and see.

This kind of thing isn’t going to dent the spam hotmail accounts get. Microsoft has the expertise to filter a LOT of the spam that gets sent (a good percentage of which are dictionary attacks that I can see). But they won’t…this is a publicity move.
Simple. Stopping spam is against Microsoft’s best interest. They make money selling “premium” accounts on hotmail…what’s a premium account? An address that 1) has more space and 2) does NOT get “inactivated” when it gets full. So, to sell “premium” accounts its easy for them to let the “junk mail” folder fill up (and it does quite fast – mine fills up my 2meg quota in 2-3 days…if I don’t login while I’m on vacation, the account is useless) and then they “inactivate” the account (meaning that ALL mail TO the account is bounced until you log in and delete some stuff) and then they suggest that this wouldn’t happen if you fork over 29.95 a year…
No, its not in their best interest to stop spam.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...