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World's Largest Spammer Organisation Ordered To Close Down By US Judge

In its response to the complaint filed by Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has instructed the owners of the world’s largest spam enterprise to stop their spamming operations as soon as possible.

The enterprise is referred to as the “spam gang” by Anti-spam group Spamhaus, and is being currently operated by two men, Lance Atkinson, a citizen of New Zealand living in Australia, and Jody Smith, a Texas based businessman.

According to FTC, the spam gang employs spammers from all parts of the globe to send unwanted junk mails promoting several items including prescription drugs, male-enhancement pills, weight-loss medications, etc.

FTC found that one of the products marketed by the spammers, VPXL, publicised as “100 percent herbal and safe” male-enhancement pill, actually contains sildenafil, the main constituent of Viagra, which can have adverse effects on persons suffering from hypertension, diabetes, or high cholesterol.

Incidentally back in 2005, the FTC had obtained a USD2.2 million judgement against Atkinson for running spam operations that promoted herbal products.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.