Sexy friends to spam no more

Bravo to the FTC and the Department of Justice, who have hit the owners of ATM Global Systems, based in Boca Raton, Florida, with a fine following a successful prosecution under the CAN-SPAM Act.

Since at least January 2006, Mark Richman and Nathaniel Seidman, two officers of ATM Global, are said to have run an affiliate network which illegally sent unsolicited spam messages with faked headers and lurid subject lines in an attempt to promote websites such as

Under the CAN-SPAM Act, commercial emails must contain accurate header information, a valid postal address, and an opt-out mechanism for those who do not wish to receive further messages.

Under the settlement, ATM Global and its principals Richman and Siedman are required to pay a $75,000 civil penalty and establish a monitoring programme to ensure that their affiliates do not breach anti-spam legislation again.

Eyebrows may be raised, however, at the size of the penalty, seeing as Richman and…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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