March 28, 2005 - (HOSTSEARCH.COM) - As reported by the IDG News Service, Microsoft Corp. filed nine lawsuits against bulletproof spammers last month. The sites offered a variety of items for sale by spamming. The sites also claimed they could not be shut down or are bulletproof. In June, Microsoft filed 8 similar suits against spammers that had infected other computers virally to send spam.
In the latest suits, Microsoft has also is suing web hosting providers.
Microsoft filed suit against Levon Gillespie of "bulletproof" Web hosting company cheapbphosting.com among others using their services.
According to text Microsoft said was taken from the cheapbphosting.com site, Gillespie "cater(s) for both established bulk email experts and companies that have not used bulk email before," using "China-based" servers "to ensure no problems arise from complaints generated by mail you send."
Microsoft has alleged that spam cheapbphosting.com is routing spam through compromised computers in Korea, Japan, Israel and the U.K., as well as Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S.
The e-mails had "spoofed" headers to make them look as if they came from Microsoft MSN and Hotmail accounts, the company said.
Microsoft said it has filed 70 lawsuits in the U.S., including the latest group, and is continuing to target spammers and those that support spamming.