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A Lawsuit Tries to Get at Hackers Through the Banks They Attack




A Lawsuit Tries to Get at Hackers Through the Banks They Attack
A Lawsuit Tries to Get at Hackers Through the Banks They Attack



http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/20/technology/20hacker.html 

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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