Microsoft has helped the Massachusetts attorney general file a lawsuit against a Russian-led spamming gang.
Microsoft investigators worked with the attorney general’s office to track and locate the gang, who were operating from Boston and Russian locations.
The gang is accused of sending hundreds of millions of unwanted spam messages every month, including to MSN Hotmail e-mail users, in violation of federal and state laws.
The seven individuals and two companies named in the suit are said to have used domain names registered in Monaco, Australia and France and servers in China, Korea, Brazil and Taiwan.
Microsoft has already collaborated with attorney generals on spamming lawsuits in Washington state, New York, Texas, Florida and California.
MSN Hotmail has 187 million active accounts, so is a prime target for spammers.