[MacUser] Spam Article in the AJC

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Mon Dec 15 14:56:28 EST 2003


Spam slayers 
Guardians of your in box fight on two fronts: In cyberspace, and in the
courts 

By BILL HUSTED and ANN HARDIE
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

RICH ADDICKS / AJC 
It wasn't until a spammer threatened Pete Wellborn's dogs (including Bo,
keeping him company at the office) that he got angry. The lawyer has
successfully sued 200 spammers for Internet providers since 1998.



THE SERIES 
Sunday 
€Spam wars play out across Internet
€Offensive yet legal ads test limits, resources
€Q&A: Monty Python ... dictionary attack ... finding spammers

Monday 
€Football player-turned-star lawyer fights spam.
€Bounty hunters ahead?
€A rundown on spam enforcement

Coming Tuesday 
€ Spam's next frontier, plus anti-spam sites.

ONLINE FORUM 
€Send us your thoughts on spam.


YOUR TURN 

Do you think the new anti-spam legislation, scheduled to be signed by the
President this week, will be effective?

 Yes 

 No 



Voter Limit: Once per Hour
View Poll Results 

This survey is not a scientific sampling and does not reflect the opinion of
the general public, but only of those who choose to participate.


Hyped on Marlboros and the supercaffeinated drink AMP, Louis Rush begins the
day prowling EarthLink's network for signs of the Alabama Gang, a furtive
throng of spammers who spin millions of junk messages on accounts paid with
stolen credit card numbers.

Rush is one of 13 investigators that Atlanta-based EarthLink employs to
ferret out spammers and send their messages to the "bit bucket in the sky."

"We are the original terminators," says the 30-year-old. "We do not eat. We
do not sleep." 

In an office building directly across from EarthLink's headquarters on
Peachtree Street, Pete Wellborn, a Georgia Tech football
player-turned-hotshot lawyer, is working on a lawsuit against the Alabama
Gang on EarthLink's behalf.

<http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/1203/15spamisp.html>

Wellborn, known in legal circles as the "Spammer Slayer," has built a
national reputation for bringing high-tech spammers to their knees using one
of the oldest laws in existence, trespass. He has taken the work personally
since a spammer threatened to hurt his dogs. 





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