A $1 billion lawsuit filed today promises to open up a new front in
the battle against spam: It targets not just spammers, but — for the
first time — also those responsible for harvesting e-mail addresses on
behalf of spammers.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court
in Alexandria, Va., is one of the largest of its kind and is being
filed on behalf of Project Honey Pot members in over 100 countries.
Project Honey Pot is a service provided by Park City-Utah based
anti-spam company Unspam Technologies Inc.

“If you’ve harvested e-mail addresses or sent spam in the last two
years, chances are you’re on our radar screen and we’re coming after
you,” a note posted on the Project Honey Pot Web site said today.