Two members of an alleged ring of Alabama e-mail spanners today agreed with EarthLink to stop sending millions of nuisance messages.
Damon DeCrescenzo and David Burstyn have agreed to a court order prohibiting them from sending unsolicited commercial e-mails. They also will pay the Atlanta-based company an undisclosed cash settlement.
DeCresenzo had been ranked one of the world's top spammers by the Register of Known Spam Operations. The settlement is pending in Atlanta federal court.
The two were sued by EarthLink in February 2004, alleging they were part of a multi-state spamming operation in which more than 250 million illegal e-mails were sent out by 16 individuals and corporations.
EarthLink filed the lawsuit against the Alabama Spammers, who were given that name because of their frequent use of phone lines in and around Birmingham.
The war on spam by companies and states is growing. In all, 36 states already have anti-spam laws.