AOL Sues ID Thieves

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AOL Sues ID Thieves

Postby Guest » Fri Mar 17, 2006 12:02 am

NEW YORK (Reuters) - America Online said on Tuesday it had filed
lawsuits this week against three identity theft gangs, seeking combined
damages of $18 million and using a new law against so-called "phishers."

The online division of Time Warner Inc. said it had filed three civil
suits in Alexandria's U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
Virginia, charging phishing gangs with tricking its members with fake
Web sites of legitimate companies to fool them into giving up personal
information.

The suits were filed under Virginia's new anti-phishing statute, the
Federal Lanham Act, a trademark law, and the Federal Computer Fraud &
Abuse Act, an anti-spam, or junk mail law.

AOL said they were the first suits filed by an Internet service provider
under the Virginia law passed in July 2005.

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