ATLANTA, April 1
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Howard Carmack, aka the “Buffalo Spammer,” was found guilty
yesterday on all 14 counts by a jury in Buffalo, New York. Carmack’s criminal
conviction stems from charges that he used fraudulently obtained Internet access
accounts to send forged spam emails.
EarthLink (Nasdaq: ELNK), one of the nation’s leading Internet service
providers, played an instrumental role in the case. Mary Youngblood, EarthLink’s
abuse team manager, provided expert testimony and evidence about the spamming
and spoofing violations that the company uncovered during its year-long
investigation into Carmack’s illegal Internet activities. In addition,
EarthLink’s outside counsel Pete Wellborn also testified in the case.
Last year, EarthLink won a $16.4 million civil judgment and injunctive relief
against Carmack in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.
The following statement can be attributed to Karen Cashion, EarthLink’s
assistant general counsel who led the ISP’s civil case against Carmack.
“This criminal verdict puts spammers on notice that in addition to being
held liable for millions of dollars in civil damages, they can also be sent to
prison for sending fraudulent and illegal emails. EarthLink is pleased to have
been able to offer testimony against Howard Carmack, and we commend the New York
Attorney General’s office for its successful prosecution of the criminal case.
“In addition to consumer education, legislative efforts and innovative
tools like spamBlocker to protect consumers’ inboxes from unwanted, unsolicited
junk email, EarthLink will continue to pursue legal action against spammers with
the same tenacity that led to the case against Mr. Carmack and others like him.
Howard Carmack’s criminal conviction demonstrates that spammers who continue to
send illegal emails will not escape the law.”
“EarthLink revolves around you(TM).” Celebrating ten years as a
leading national Internet service provider (ISP), Atlanta-based EarthLink has
earned an award-winning reputation for outstanding customer service and its
suite of online products and services. According to the J.D. Power and
Associates 2003 Internet Service Provider Residential Customer Satisfaction
Study(SM), EarthLink is ranked highest in customer satisfaction among high-speed
Internet Service Providers. Serving more than five million subscribers,
EarthLink offers what every user should expect from their Internet experience:
high- quality connectivity, minimal drop-offs and ISP-generated intrusions, and
customizable features. Whether it’s dial-up, high-speed, Web hosting, or
wireless Internet service, EarthLink provides the tools that best let
individuals use and enjoy the Internet on their own terms. Learn more about
EarthLink by calling (800) EARTHLINK or visiting EarthLink’s Web site at