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Country: United States
State: Michigan
Convicted fraudster, spams using hijacked proxies & virus infected PCs and in the past by hijacking mail servers and mail accounts. One of the first people to host spam-websites in China to evade US law. Served years in prison due to stock-fraud spamming, but soon after being released, seemed to get right back into spamming.

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MEDIA: "Meet The Kings Of Spam"

[Aug. 5, 2002]
With vigilantes on their heels, top spammers keep the e-mail flowing

By Jim Krane / AP Technology Writer

"It's the best business that I've ever seen," said Alan Ralsky, 57, of West Bloomfield, Mich., one of the world's most persistent and prolific spammers, according to Spamhaus. "It puts you and I on the same playing field as General Motors."


Legally speaking, sending a 7-year-old an e-mail advertising hardcore pornography might be a nuisance, but it's not a crime, said Timothy Healy, chief of the FBI's Internet Fraud Complaint Center, based in Fairmont, W.Va.

"There's not much we can do," he said.

Because of their success, Cowles, Jay, Ralsky and Waggoner are among dozens of spammers profiled on the Spamhaus site. They and their compatriots on the site are responsible for about 90 percent of the spam received in North America, said Steve Linford, director of the London-based Spamhaus Project.

"These are organized spam gangs who've been at it for years," Linford said.


These realities mean spammers constantly change their Internet providers and locations, buying service from multiple carriers, often under false names, Linford said.


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