School technology leaders, beware: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a warning to businesses, school systems, and other organizations cautioning them not to fall victim to increasingly insidious spammers who now hijack computer servers owned by legitimate entities to send a flood of unsolicited commercial eMail.

The May 15 initiative—launched in conjunction with 17 different law enforcement and consumer protection agencies—calls on businesses and other institutions, including schools, to fortify their networks against such infiltrations by closing off "open relays"—technological loopholes that let third-party internet scam artists route spam across their servers, thereby disguising


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