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Friday, August 12, 2005

Microsoft to fight crime with spammer's 'millions'

Software giant Microsoft will invest the US$7 million it is expecting from a damages settlement with 'spam king' Scott Richter into fighting Internet crimes, paying its legal bills and "rewarding" the state of New York.

The announcement was made by Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith in an open letter posted on the company's Web site.

After covering its legal expenses, Microsoft will dedicate US$5 million dollars to helping law enforcement agencies address computer-related crimes, Smith said. "In appreciation of the role of the New York Attorney General, another US$1 million of this settlement money will be directed to New York state … to expand computer-related skills training for youths and adults," he said in the letter.

Describing Richter -- who is said to have sent or assisted others in sending more than 38 billion e-mails a year -- as one of the world's most "prolific" spammers, Smith called the settlement a milestone and expressed hope the decision would send a clear warning to those dabbling in spamming.

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