[MacUser] Spam Article in the AJC
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Guardians of your in box fight on two fronts: In cyberspace, and in the
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.
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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.
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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