ATLANTA (AP) — EarthLink Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against 100 people, mostly in Alabama and Canada, blaming them for millions of unwanted commercial E-mail messages, otherwise known as spam.
EarthLink, the third-largest Internet service provider, accuses the Alabama individuals of using stolen credit cards, identity theft, and banking fraud to fund Internet accounts and send out more than 250 million pieces of junk E-mail.
They went undetected for about six months by creating an elaborate chain of bogus names, false addresses and nonexistent companies, according to the lawsuit.
“This is a very tech-savvy spam ring, which has made this a particularly challenging investigation,” said Karen Cashion, lead attorney for EarthLink’s lawsuit. [Security Pipeline]