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Microsoft vs. Khoshnood

Microsoft's vigorous prosecution of major, high profile spammers is proceeding well, with a recent case awarding a US$3.95M judgement against Daniel Khoshnood of California. Mr. Khoshnood used a spam campaign to trick users into running a toolbar that was supposed to download patches from "". Instead, it displayed popup advertisements. Judge Manuel Real ruled that Mr. Khoshnood had violated Microsoft's trademark.

Previously, in the 1990's, Mr. Khoshnood cybersquatted domain names such as, and

This is one of 60 cases Microsoft has initiated against spammers since the beginning of 2003, and it reports that it has won six cases and received judgements totalling US$54M, pushing two spammers into bankruptcy.

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