King of spam gets legal

Former self-confessed "King of Spam", Sanford Wallace, this week filed a lawsuit against a competitor he alleges wrongly accused him of spamming.

Wallace's old company, Cyber-Promotions, used to send as many as 25 million unsolicited e-mail advertisements each day, gaining him a reputation as the depraved "King of Spam". In April 1998, however, Wallace renounced his title and launched a legitimate Internet marketing company, SmartBot.net.

Now Wallace claims the proprietor of Adbility.com has unfairly accused SmartBot of spamming.

In April, Mark Welch of Adbility.com posted the complaints to an anti-spam newsgroup -- SmartBot's Internet connection to Verio ISP was severed.