Traverse Legal's Internet Lawyers constantly monitor more malicious forms of cybersquatting where people use trademark protected domain names, or typographical variations thereof, to spew spam and malware.
Update: CAN-SPAM Act of 2003; The Anti-Phishing Consumer Protection Act of 2008
Earlier this week, a spam message purporting to be from CNN began circulating the Internet. We decided to blog about this to alert those of you who hadn’t yet received it to be on the lookout for it; and also to assure those of you who did receive it that the message was NOT, in fact, from CNN.
As you may know, spammers often disguise or forge the source of their e-mail to give recipients the impression that the message derived from another system, especially one tied to a recognizable brand. In this instance, the spammer chose to use the CNN brand.
The message, claiming to contain CNN’s Top 10 news stories and videos of the day, is fraudulent and did not originate from CNN. If you have received it, we suggest that you delete it from your mailbox. Further, we recommend you delete any e-mail message from your mailbox that you believe may be illegitimate. Contact an Internet attorney today if you have been the victim of a phishing or spam attack.