Thursday, September 14, 2006, 9/14/2006 07:42:00 AM

Georgia Judge Awards $11 Million to Earthlink in Computer Fraud & Abuse Act Case

From the Atlanta Business Chronicle, a story on a big federal judgment against spammer KSTM LLC in favor of internet service provider Earthlink. EarthLink sued KSTM claiming it violated the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Georgia Computer Systems Protection Act and state and federal racketeering laws. According to the lawsuit, KSTM sent e-mails promoting the Web site "lmlgdnhk.info" trying to sell mortgages.

EarthLink claimed the company used false and misleading header information in its e-mails, which also violates the federal CAN-SPAM Act.

According to the ABC, since 1996, EarthLink has sued hundreds of spammers and won more than $200 million in judgments, including two criminal convictions against spammers who received prison sentences for their offenses.

Trying to collect on those judgments, I suspect, is another matter.

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