I saw this article today and I just thought it was just too amazing. So it turns out that in North Dakota one very technologically impaired judge felt that running a zone transfer, among other things, is illegal. David Ritz was attempting to shut down a spammer, using the normal tactics to find out who was running the server that you’d expect, like looking at whois info, traceroute etc…. Oh no, not in North Dakota you don’t! He’s facing possible jail time for attempting to fight spam. Now there’s a twist for you! Isn’t there some sort of oversight for technically challenged judges? Or maybe a “I don’t know anything about this stuff, perhaps you should talk to Judge Bob about this instead, since he does” type system?
While Cynthia Rothe-Seeger (the district judge on this case) opinions are obviously technically questionable given that many of these tools are written specifically to find public information (that means available for anyone, including anti-spam organizations) this could set a legal precedent that enables spammers to operate with near legal impunity out of North Dakota. Great. So if you or someone you are investigating is based out of North Dakota - I’d watch this lawsuit until this is settled. Talk about taking one giant leap backwards for mankind. So fierce is off limits to you North Dakotans!