Lightspeed Media Goes After Hackers

MADISON, Ill. — Lightspeed Media Corp., which runs LightspeedCash and about 30 websites, filed a petition for discovery last week against scores of ISPs it claims knows the identities of those who obtained passwords then used them to break into its websites.

The John Doe hackers obtained Lightspeed's customers' passwords and were allowed access to the same content as paying members, according to the discovery motion made at St. Clair County Circuit Court.

"They could even download Petitioner's private content and disseminate that information to other unauthorized individuals," the motion said.

ISPs named in the suit include AT&T Internet Services, Bradley University, Cebridge Connections, Verizon Wireless, Clearwater US, Comcast Cable Holdings, Fairpoint Communications, Eastern Illinois University, Frontier Communications of America, Hargray Communications Group, Hostforweb, Hosting Services, Mediacom Communications, MKE Bridged Circuits, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Paetec  — Starnet Division, Psinet, RCN Corp., Sanctuary Host, Sentral Assemblies and Components, University of Illinois at Chicago, Verizon Online, Wayport and Wideopenwest Illinois.

Operator Steve Lightspeed did not immediately respond to XBIZ queries at post time .