The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 9, 1997 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 9, 1997
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A6 FRIDAY, MAY 9, 1997 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL CYBER PROBLEMS The Associated Press Wallace Sanford, president of Cyber Promotions, says it's been a tough week for his company, Cyber Promotions. The company has been plagued by lawsuits and attacked by anti-spam Internet hackers. Lawsuits, hackers go after junk e-mail firm By JENNIFER BROWN The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Plagued by lawsuits and shut down for 20 hours by Internet hackers, Cyber Promotions President Sanford Wallace admits this was a rough week for his junk e-mail business. But he refuses to log off. "There are people who dedicate their lives to trying to put Cyber Promotions out of business," said Wallace, whose bulk e-mail service and Internet provider — the first in the nation — sends nearly 4 million e-mail ads daily. Just this week alone: • Monday was declared "Cinco de Mayo Cyberpromo Mailbomb Day" by an Internet newsgroup that opposes unsolicited email messages, known as spam. • A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Cyber Promotions' bulk e-mail constituted trespassing on the computers of Earth- link, an Internet provider in California, and issued a temporary restraining order. • Also Tuesday, Wallace's company agreed to pay $65,000 to CompuServe to settle a federal lawsuit and stop sending unsolicited e-mail to its 5 million subscribers. The settlement is similar to an agreement reached with America Online earlier this year. • A 20-hour "reverse spam" attack shut down Cyber Promotions' computers until noon Wednesday. The Philadelphia-based Internet advertising service has faced nothing but hassles since it started in 1994. In three years, the company has fought seven lawsuits, resulting in settlements with America Online, Prodigy and, most recently, CompuServe. Wallace always has received a handful of anti-spam messages daily, but serious hacker attacks began in March, when he launched the first Internet service in the nation that's friendly to bulk e-mail. Most Internet services prohibit clients from sending mass commercial messages. The "reverse spam" assault, which started Tuesday, flooded Wallace's computer system with millions of requests for hardware identification numbers. The barrage ended when technicians blocked messages from 50 individuals, a solution that mimics anti-spammers' response to Wallace's e-mails. Two other serious attacks in the past three months were cyber break-ins, meaning hackers infiltrated the computer system's password. The burglars stole the list of companies that pay Cyber Promotions to send bulk e-mail and posted it on the Internet, leading to harassment by other an- ti-spammers. Wallace said the mail-bomb day was annoying but caused few delays. "It is affecting business," he said Thursday. "But even with all the stuff we've been going through, we're still showing a profit at the end of each month. That's got to tell you something." He wouldn't disclose his financial records. Bob Bulmash of the anti-junk mail group Private Citizen agreed anti-spam attacks probably are more therapeutic than harmful. "They allow people to vent their frustration at this industry, at their inability to control their own computer. It's an opportunity to strike back," Bulmash said. "It might shut them down for about an hour. Then they're right back at it." V TELEVISION V POLITICS Senator jokes about annulments Kerry is trying to get his marriage annulled by Catholic church By The Associated Press BOSTON — U.S. Sen. John Kerry broke his silence about his effort to annul his first marriage, joking on national radio Thursday that the process can be confusing to non-Catholics. He also poked fun at another Massachusetts Roman Catholic politician's public annulment. T TV NEWS U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy It's ex- wife wrote a book opposing the annulment and has asked the Vatican for a reversal. "Seventy-five percent of all the annulments in the world take place in the United States, and I guess the figure drops to 50 percent if you take out all Massachusetts politicians," Kerry said after being dragged into a discussion by radio talk show host Don Imus. Previously, Kerry had only issued a one-paragraph statement calling the decision "a private family matter." "It's one of those special Catholic things. It's like confession or feeling guilty about things you haven't even thought of doing," said Kerry, a 53-year-old Democrat. He is seeking an annulment from his first wife of 14 years, author Julia Thorne. Kerry was remarried in 1995 to millionaire Teresa Heinz, a devout Catholic. Kennedy's ex-wife, Sheila Rauch Kennedy, argued in her book that it is hypocritical to allow annulments in a faith that considers marriage sacred. She said children from earlier marriages are left with a stigma. The church does not recognize divorce, but grants annulments, which dissolve the earlier marriage in the eyes of the church. Without an annulment, a divorced Catholic who remarries cannot receive communion or attend confession. The first marriages of both Kerry and Kennedy produced two children. Kennedy, 44, is the eldest son of slain Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Springer's story about neo-Nazi march wasn't correct By The Associated Press CHICAGO - Talk show host Jerry Springer, whose hiring as a television news commentator prompted a station news anchor to resign, has run into trouble with his first commentary. Addressing his right of freedom of speech, Springer said that as mayor of Cincinnati he approved a parade permit for a group of neo- Nazis. Springer was using the anecdote to answer his critics' charge that he blurs the line between news and entertainment, but it appears the story is not true. The Cincinnati mayor doesn't ap- prove or reject such permits. The city manager or his designee does. "So it wasn't my signature on the permit," he said. "This whole thing has gotten so out of hand. Now it's gotten into character assassination." Station WMAQ-TV did not run Springer's commentary Wednesday night because it had to report on the Cincinnati discrepancies. Springer, whose syndicated talk show has featured such topics as "I Hate My Wife's Gay Friend" and "I Strip With My Family," prompted the resignation of news anchor Carol Marin when he took the job last week. Defending the right of free speech, Springer said he once wrestled with the issue when neo- Nazis sought permission to march in Cincinnati while he was mayor in 1977-78. He said he was torn between his Jewish background and "my constitutional obligations as mayor." Springer said he left the decision up to his parents. If they disapproved of the march, he would resign and let the next mayor approve the permit. Instead, his parents reminded him of the freedom they had in America and told him to sign the permit, he said. But under Cincinnati's municipal form of government, the mayor would not approve the permit. Springer said that fact was a technicality that did not change his point. Hat yotti We are a small agency" in a small town and welcome the opportunity to write your insurance. Give us a call (800) 488-^320. UNITED AGENCY INSURANCE Specialties Cards, Gifts, Candies, Unique Novelties SmnlniHNI MUSEUM Gift Store 211 West Iron ieti.-Fri. 12-5 & Sat. 10-5 Suit. 1-5 Now Accepting Applications for Enrollment for Summer Day Gamp Camp begins May 30 thru August 18 Boys & Girls - 1st thru 6th grade Monday thru Friday Gall or Stop by The Salvation Army, 913-823-3441 from 1 pm to 6 put Monday thru Friday 1137N. Saiita Fe, Salina Will 'Seinfeld' return for another season? Show's stars are asking for $1 million in salary for each episode By The Associated Press NEW YORK Jerry and the gang at "Seinfeld" are living a real-life suspense story about whether the popular comedy will come to an abrupt end. NBC is to announce its schedule for next fall's television season on Monday and because of a contract fight with the show's three supporting cast members, the network doesn't know if "Seinfeld" will return. Jason Alexander, Julia Louis- Dreyfus and Michael Richards are each demanding $1 million per episode from NBC to film 22 half- hour installments of the show, ranked behind only "ER" as the most-watched series this year. NBC wasn't saying anything Thursday about the cliffhanger, which is being watched not just by anxious fans, but by an industry worried about the precedent a huge contract would set. The three actors are united in an all-for-one, one-for-all negotiation. Seinfeld has a separate and more lucrative deal to return for a ninth season, but is anxious to see his friends in the fold. If they don't get the money, the three stars have also talked about getting a piece of the show's own- ership from Castle Rock Entertainment, the show's production company. This would enable them to get some of the lucrative syndication fees the show commands. Alexander, who plays George Costanza, told the Washington Post on Thursday he believed NBC didn'l think the actors were serious. " 'Seinfeld' changed our lives, changed our careers," he said. "If it's over tomorrow, fine. But our efforts have made some people very, very, very wealthy. And we're not in that league. We don't need to have parity, but we need participation." Richards, in an interview with the online magazine Mr. Showbiz, voiced similar frustrations. "I'm not on the syndication side," he said. 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