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Country: United States
State: California
Lindsay's iMedia Networks is a full-fledged spam-hosting operation serving bulletproof hosting at high premiums to well known ROKSO-listed spammers. His customers spam via botnet zombies with spam payloads hosted offshore, tunneled back to his servers. He and the gang have been hijacking (stealing) IP address space from companies for years to spam from. Illegal in the USA.

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Early days (1998) Galaxy-NET spammer hosting.

From: Frontier GlobalCenter Abuse Response Team (
Subject: Re: Notice of SMTP filtering for all Galaxy-NET hosted domains.
Date: 1998/03/23

On 20 Mar 1998, GlobalCenter Abuse Response Team wrote:
> David Schmidt of Galaxy-NET just notified me that the FREESOFTWARE.NET
> site is no longer accessible, and I have verified this. The filter is now
> removed.

As you are all aware, FREESOFTWARE.NET is back up and running at
Galaxy-NET (apparently against the wishes of David Schmidt). We have put
our filter against any domains hosted by them back in place.

The following is my response to Michael Lindsay of Galaxy-NET's reply to
my original notice of filtering.

Andrew Ramsey
GlobalCenter Abuse Response Team

From Mon Mar 23 17:12:12 1998
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 17:11:44 +0000 (GMT)
From: Frontier GlobalCenter Abuse Response Team <>
Reply-To: Frontier GlobalCenter Abuse Response Team <>
To: Michael Lindsay <>
Subject: Re: Notice of SMTP filtering for all Galaxy-NET hosted domains.
In-Reply-To: <>
Message-ID: <>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII

On Fri, 20 Mar 1998, Michael Lindsay wrote:

> Dear Andrew:
> We have been made aware of the lists that are contained within the
> website. This customer is skating on thin ice with us
> because they spammed one time and were warned. If they violate any of our
> AUP's then they will be dopped as a customer.
> However, there is nothing illegal about collecting and organizing email
> addresses.

But there is something illegal about stealing system resources and causing
denial of service, as junk e-mail has been proven to do. The fact that
you overlook this and the fact that your customer is aiding and abetting
these net thieves is sickening.

> Your threat to block our email is not a solution to the problem.

You're right. The ultimate solution is for you to drop these people as

> We handle around 1% of all worldwide web traffic on our servers.

Our filter did not affect this. We were only filtering SMTP traffic from
domains hosted by you.

> Why don't we start blocking all Primenet customers?

Because none of our customers are openly promoting UCE using our

> Don't you realize that the internet is a co-op?

Yes, I do, which is why we decided to implement the filter. UCE takes the
Internet's cooperative nature for granted. So much so that it is rapidly
eroding that nature.

I am not saying you are responsible for the UCE this site is helping to
generate. I _am_ saying that this site is obviously a problem for your
network, much like an open SMTP relay. If you refuse to fix this problem,
you must face the consequences of your inaction.

Like you said, the internet is a co-op, and the vast majority of the
Internet does not want to have anything to do with junk e-mailers or
providers that are junk e-mail friendly. By allowing to
continue to peddle their wares and distribute their target lists (the site
is back up as of 23 Mar 98 10:03 MST), you place yourself in the latter
category. Because of this, we have put our filter back in place.

> Why don't we all block each other and then there would be no internet.

Why don't we set up some more straw men to distract attention from the
real issue?

> Yours very truly,
> Michael Lindsay
> Galaxy-NET Telecom, Inc.
[old quoted message snipped]

I will be posting this message to to update the
folks there on your progress in ridding yourselves of

Andrew Ramsey
GlobalCenter Abuse Response Team

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