We started seeing a virus that simply says in the subject line "Bill for username" where username is the username part of your e-mail address, such as firstname.lastname@example.org, with a virus attached named "bill.zip".
The Virginia Supreme Court ruled the state's anti-spam legislation as unconstitutional. Jeremy Jaynes, a spammer that was brought up on charges in 2003 claimed that the law interfered with the U.S. Constitution's first amendment guaranteeing free speach. The Supreme Court Justices agreed.
The news alert that you apparently receive from popular news sites such as CNN and MSNBC may be malicious messages meant to infect your computer with a virus. SpamStopsHere started seeing e-mail messages of this type on August 4, 2008, but the e-mail messages have been changing rapidly.
Chain letters have been a around since at least 1885, according to research by Daniel W. VanArsdale. Chain letters are letters that experience exponential growth by asking the recipient to send out multiple copies to other people and also ask that this chain of distribution not be broken.
Back in May of this year, I wrote about the new final ruling regarding the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 which clarified the legal unsubscribe methods for commercial e-mail. The changes took effect last week on June 26, 2008 and it's very important that those sending commercial e-mail make sure that they're still in compliance with the ever changing law. Each violation can result in $11,000 in fines.