AOL, Microsoft Recycle Spammer Loot
Both companies have taken large sums from court settlements against spammers and are using them to make e-mail safe again and reward users. (PCMag.com)AOL and Microsoft are making strides to publicize their efforts in the war against spam. This week, both companies announced that theyve taken settlements from lawsuits against spammers and are putting the money back into their respective anti-spam activities. Microsoft Corp. will be giving $5 million of its recent settlement back to the spam-fighting community, and America Online Inc. will be giving away loot gathered from a spam settlement. Earlier this week, Microsoft posted an open letter from Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, which explained that the self-dubbed "Spam King" Scott Richter had agreed to pay the company $7 million in damages.
The letter said that after Microsoft used that money to cover the legal expenses, the company would "reinvest almost every [remaining] penny from this settlement."