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July 28, 2005

New King of the Spam Kings

imedia logo Meet Michael Lindsay, head of California-based iMedia Networks. Lindsay just replaced Alan Ralsky atop the Spamhaus list of the world's top-10 spammers as of July 1, 2005.

IMedia ostensibly is in the streaming video and digital video production business. IMedia was reportedly hired to webcast the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

But apparently the company and its secretive operator decided serving as an ISP to spammers is a more lucrative business.

IMedia, which also has offices in Miami, is a "criminal" spam-hosting operation, according to Spamhaus. Spam messages for everything from mortgages to pills and porn have reportedly emanated from its network addresses.

It takes help to be earth's biggest spam operation. IMedia gets its connectivity from several U.S. Internet services providers, including MCI and SBC, as well as providers in China and Korea.

Although Ralsky has slipped to #2, he's apparently one of Lindsay's partners in spam, according to Spamhaus.

Posted by brian at July 28, 2005 12:20 AM


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