Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Spam Central

EarthLink goes after 'Alabama Spammers'

EarthLink Inc. has started legal action against a multi-state spam ring in which 16 individuals and corporations sent out more than 250 million illegal junk e-mails, the Atlanta-based Internet service provider said.

The lawsuit identifies alleged individuals and corporations in Orlando, Fla.; Woodland Hills, Marina Del Rey, Valencia, and Los Angeles, Calif.; Medina, Tenn.; Southfield, Mich.; and Las Vegas and Carson City, Nev.

According to an amended complaint filed Feb. 17 in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, the "Alabama Spammers" -- so-called because of their frequent use of phone lines in and around Birmingham, Ala. -- represent a technically sophisticated criminal organization that "engaged in a massive scheme of theft, spamming and spoofing." The lawsuit alleges that the defendants used a hierarchy of falsified names, false addresses and non-existent corporate entities to disguise the identities of individuals involved. [...]

I have heard about this for a while now, but I still haven't quite figured out why they decided to pick Birmingham as their electronic base. I guess we're just lucky or something.

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