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Talk About Tulsa => Other Tulsa Discussion => Topic started by: patric on September 04, 2019, 12:13:42 pm

Title: Tulsa firm tricked into spamming thousands
Post by: patric on September 04, 2019, 12:13:42 pm
Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against four employees of Adconion Direct, an email advertising firm, alleging they unlawfully hijacked vast swaths of Internet addresses and used them in large-scale spam campaigns.

According to the indictment, between December 2010 and September 2014 the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to identify or pay to identify blocks of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses that were registered to others but which were otherwise inactive.

The government alleges the men sent forged letters to an Internet hosting firm claiming they had been authorized by the registrants of the inactive IP addresses to use that space for their own purposes.

Prosecutors say the accused were able to spam from the purloined IP address blocks after tricking the owner of Hostwinds, an (Tulsa) Oklahoma-based Internet hosting firm, into routing the fraudulently obtained IP addresses on their behalf.