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Real estate spammers hit with lawsuit

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The Attorney General of Texas has filed a lawsuit against two alleged spammers, charging that they violated the federal CAN-SPAM law in sending out hundreds of thousands of unsolicited e-mails relating to mortgage loans, refinancing and other services. The lawsuit names Ryan Samuel Pitylak of Austin, Texas, and Mark Trotter of Encinitas, Calif., as alleged spammers who profited by selling consumers' information to "lead-generating entities which in turn sell the information." Microsoft Corp. has also launched a civil lawsuit against the two men, claiming they sent millions of unsolicited spam e-mails to Internet users. Mortgage spam, or unsolicited e-mail, has been identified by some spam-trackers as a growing source of spam e-mail. NetIQ.com, a technology company that offers security management and other services, reported last year that mortgage spam was the fastest-growing category of spam, growing about 42 percent from 2003. And Commtouch Software Ltd., which develops anti-sp...