EarthLink sues the 'Buffalo spammer'

Thursday, 8 May 2003, 1:13 AM EST

The third-largest Internet service provider (ISP) also said it is testing a new "permission-based" spam-blocking technology and plans to roll it out to subscribers by the end of May.

The company said it will argue to shut down what it calls a "Buffalo, New York, spam ring" that sent more than 825 million unwanted e-mails since March 2002 over EarthLink's networks to its subscribers. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.

EarthLink alleges that Howard Carmack, who. the ISP calls the "Buffalo Spammer," along with his accomplices, used stolen credit cards, identity theft, banking fraud and other illegal activities, to fraudulently purchase Internet accounts and send spam. EarthLink claims that Carmack "assumed the identities of other Carmack family members and of innocent third-parties to disguise his own involvement in these illegal activities."

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