EarthLink Spam

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Internet service providers are going after e-mail spammers or companies that help them.

Atlanta-based EarthLink has filed a federal lawsuit against what it says are the nation's most sophisticated e-mail spammers. It named 16 people and businesses in the Alabama Gang -- a name inspired by e-mail sent through telephone lines near Birmingham.

NO monetary damages are specified in EarthLink's lawsuit.

EarthLink contends the gang used stolen credit cards to establish Internet accounts -- then used those accounts to send the spam for herbal Viagra, drugs to enhance body parts, even offers to sell spamming software.

EarthLink attorney say the group used complex computer technology to cover tracks.

Last week, America Online filed a federal lawsuit going after a Florida computer company for allegedly helping spam operators in Thailand distribute at least 35 million e-mails offering low mortgage rates.

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