imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Lawsuit reveals SPAMMER is a White Supremacist

by Arik Hesseldahl Thursday, Mar. 11, 2004 at 5:39 PM
arik@forbes.net

Hawke was the leader of a fledgling Internet-based organization called the "Knights of Freedom" while a student at Wofford College in South Carolina. He turned to spamming full time when the white-supremacist movement didn't take an interest in him.



ISPs Vs. Spammers

Forbes, March 10, 2004

NEW YORK - Four major Internet service providers today announced a series of federal lawsuits against people and companies alleged to have sent hundreds of millions of unwanted commercial e-mail messages, the first lawsuit of its kind under the recently enacted federal law known as the CAN-SPAM Act.

The plaintiffs, Time Warner (nyse: TWX - news - people ), Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ), Yahoo! (nasdaq: YHOO - news - people ) and Earthlink (nasdaq: ELNK - news - people ) filed in federal courts in California, Georgia, Virginia and Washington state and charge the defendants with sending a combined total of hundreds of millions of bulk spam e-mail messages to customers of the four networks.

"If you're a spammer, this is not a great day for you," said Mike Callahan, Yahoo!'s general counsel at a joint press conference in Washington.

Some of the suits do not name individual spammers. Earthlink's in particular, filed in Atlanta, names 75 John Does identified only as "the prescription drug spammers," the "mortgage lead spammers," the "cable descrambler spammers" and the "get rich quick spammers." As yet the lawsuits don't seek any specific monetary damages.

"We're only a couple of subpoenas away from standing at someone's door and handing them a summons," said EarthLink's Chief Privacy Officer and Assistant General Counsel Les Seagraves.

Three of the six suits have named defendants. They include Davis Wolfgang Hawke of Medfield, Mass.--who AOL lawyers said is also known as Dave Bridger--and Braden Bournival of Manchester, N.H. They and others were accused of sending millions of e-mails offering weight loss supplements, handheld devices called "personal lie detectors" and other products.

The six lawsuits--two by Microsoft in Washington State, two by AOL in Virginia, one by Yahoo! in California and another by Earthlink in Georgia--collectively allege numerous violations of the CAN-SPAM Act, which went into effect on Jan. 1 (see "U.S. Congress Makes No Progress On Spam"). The companies are accusing the defendants of breaking several different provisions of that law. Among their complaints, the companies allege that the defendants sent messages containing deceptive solicitation for products and services ranging from pornography to diplomas.

The lawsuits further allege that some of the defendants used a so-called "open proxy," a method in which control of a computer or server is hijacked and used to send spam messages in order to disguise the origin of the message by making the trail it follows on the Internet difficult to trace. They also say the spammers use falsified e-mail return addresses, did not include physical postal mail addresses in the body of the e-mail or did not include an unsubscribe option.

Hawke--a Rhode Island native whose birth name is Andrew Britt Greenbaum--is profiled as part of a forthcoming book on the spam business by New Hampshire-based journalist Brian McWilliams. Over the course of research into how the spam business works, spanning several months, McWilliams said he has seen order logs for anatomical-enhancement products on a site belonging to Hawke. McWilliams said Hawke, using the company name Amazing Internet Products, had recorded more than 0,000 in orders for a herbal supplement product called Pinacle for the month of July 2003.

Hawke also has a controversial past as a wanna-be neo-Nazi. He was the subject of a front-page February 1999 profile in The Boston Globe, which described in detail the story of how Greenbaum, who was born to Jewish parents, changed his name to Hawke and transformed himself into the self-styled leader of a fledgling Internet-based organization called the "Knights of Freedom" while a student at Wofford College in South Carolina. When the white-supremacist movement didn't take an interest in him, McWilliams says, Hawke turned to spamming full time.

Hawke and Bournival did not immediately respond to phone messages seeking comment.

In one of its complaints filed in Virginia, AOL says, Hawke and Bournival transmitted messages advertising "The Banned CD," directing recipients to send payments for the CD to a private mailbox location in Pawtucket, R.I. AOL says in the complaint that the message triggered more than 100,000 complaints from its members. AOL is seeking an injunction to force them to stop using its network to send the messages. AOL also says in the complaint that the CAN-SPAM act allows for fines up to 0 for each violation of the act and also cites a Virgina law that would allow the company to recover for each message sent to an AOL member.

In a test that so many Internet users are likely familiar with, Yahoo! lawyers said they tried to follow through the unsubscribe option on one of the offending messages by following a link to a Web site that claimed it would remove the address from the spammer's list. The given address was later found to have been sold to other spammers.

Earthlink lawyer Dave Baker estimated that about half of the e-mail processed by the company's network is unwanted spam. He said the cost of handling the unwanted mail and protecting the experience of customers outweighs the cost of investigating and litigating against the problem.

None of these companies are new to the game of suing spammers. Earthlink has been particularly active in litigating against spammers in the past, having won judgments last year for a combined total of more than million in two cases. The companies say that collecting damages is a secondary concern to putting the alleged spammers out of business. Microsoft last year filed 15 lawsuits in Washington State and the U.K. using laws against spammers who hammer users of its MSN and Hotmail e-mail services (see "Microsoft's Legal Offensive Against Spam).

The lawsuits come against the backdrop of an ever-increasing tide of unwanted commercial e-mail, and a flurry of new activity by government and industry to bring it to heel. Companies, including many of those involved in today's lawsuits, and industry groups have been talking about making revisions to the protocols that handle e-mail, focusing on forcing those who send e-mail to identify themselves clearly, and cut off the economic incentive to send spam (see "D-Day In The Spam War").

Other efforts have focused on sabotaging the economic model of the spam business by placing barriers in front of those who send it, either by charging fees or through levying other costs. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has recently floated the idea of creating e-mail "stamps" for which e-mail senders would "pay," not with money but with computing time. By taking ten seconds of computing time to solve a mathematical puzzle, those who send as many as a few dozen e-mail messages a day wouldn't lose much in the way of productivity. But those seeking to send millions of messages at a time would have to devote far more computing time for every batch of messages they send, making it far more difficult, if not impossible, to send bulk messages in such numbers.

* * * * *

Arik Hesseldahl is a staff editor at Forbes.com. Prior to joining the company in May 2000, Arik worked for Electronic News and Internet World and has written for Wired News, Electronic Business Asia Magazine and Columbia Journalism Review.
Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 1 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
one method to stop spam more rational Friday, Mar. 12, 2004 at 2:10 AM

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

Two Podcasts on fbi corruption A06 10:13PM

Fbi assassins assault & try to kill DAVID ATKINS A06 7:29PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy