By SAUL HANSELL
The New York Times
August 19, 2009
A lawsuit filed on Wednesday against some of the most shadowy Internet
criminals - gangs based in Eastern Europe that electronically break into
business computers, steal banking passwords and transfer themselves
money - is being used to pry information from a group that is nearly as
reclusive as the hackers: banks whose computers have been compromised.
The suit by Unspam Technologies, which organizes volunteers to track
down information about spammers and other online rogues, was filed in
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The lawyer for Unspam, Jon L. Praed, concedes he is unlikely ever to
discover the names of the hackers. But he hopes to get the details of
the thefts, the names of victims and other information from the banks
that can be used to improve security and possibly identify the hackers.
Mr. Praed, the head of the Internet Law Group, which is based in
Arlington, Va., has used the technique successfully on behalf of AOL and
Verizon to identify people sending spam to their customers. The same
legal method was used by the recording industry to force Internet
providers to name customers who were exchanging copyrighted songs.
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