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    MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by naashiu on Wed May 14, 2008 7:26 pm

    Spam king among defendants federal judge rules against

    The popular online hangout MySpace has won a $234 million judgment over junk messages sent to its members in what is believed to be the largest anti-spam award ever, The Associated Press has learned.

    A federal judge ruled against two of the Internet's most prominent spam defendants, Sanford Wallace and Walter Rines, after the two failed to show up at a court hearing.

    Wallace has earned the nicknames "Spamford" and "spam king" for his past role as head of a company that sent as many as 30 million junk e-mails a day in the 1990s.

    "MySpace has zero tolerance for those who attempt to act illegally on our site," said MySpace's chief security officer, Hemanshu Nigam. "We remain committed to punishing those who violate the law and try to harm our members."

    Rines and Wallace worked in concert to create their own MySpace accounts or take over existing ones by stealing passwords, Nigam said.

    They then e-mailed other MySpace members, he said, "asking them to check out a cool video or another cool site. When you go there, they were making money trying to sell you something or making money based on hits or trying to sell ring tones."

    MySpace said the pair sent 735,925 messages to MySpace members. Under the 2003 federal anti-spam law known as CAN-SPAM, each violation entitles MySpace to $100 in damages, tripled when conducted "willfully and knowingly."

    It is a big victory for MySpace, although service providers often have a tough time collecting such awards. But even if the News Corp.-owned site never collects, it hopes the judgment will deter other spammers.

    "Anybody who's been thinking about engaging in spam are going to say, 'Wow, I better not go there,'" Nigam said. "Spammers don't want to be prosecuted. They are there to make money. It's our job to send a message to stop them."

    The Los Angeles-based company described the amount of the award as a "landmark."

    John Levine, a board member for the anti-spam advocacy group Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email, said that past spam judgments he knows of have been in the tens of millions of dollars.

    He said he would be surprised, though, if MySpace ever collected.

    "The giant judgments are all defaults, which means they don't necessarily even know how to find the spammer," Levine said.

    There was no telephone listing for Wallace in the Las Vegas area, where he is last known to live. Service was disconnected for two listed numbers for Rines in Stratham, New Hampshire, his last known address; a third number was unlisted.

    U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins in Los Angeles awarded $157.4 million jointly against Rines and Wallace and an additional $63.4 million against Rines under CAN-SPAM plus $1.5 million more against the pair under California's anti-phishing law.

    MySpace has another anti-spam case pending against a high-profile defendant, Scott Richter, who it claims gained access to MySpace profiles using stolen passwords and then sent spam bulletins from those accounts.

    MySpace said the junk messages from Wallace and Rines came after Richter's.

    MySpace said it has since implemented features warning members when they're about to follow links that take them to sites outside MySpace.

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by zebhi on Wed May 21, 2008 3:45 pm

    Nice ....

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by seven_shadow on Wed May 21, 2008 3:48 pm

    nice to hear...

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by Maistro-a on Mon May 26, 2008 12:04 am

    very nice

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by apoligize on Mon May 26, 2008 9:08 am

    good can i be like you???

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by King_arafat on Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:19 am

    Nice news:)

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by barbie_dini on Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:40 pm

    thanks for a news. very nice post. Surprised

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by sai_shikyu on Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:55 am

    god news bro n vry nice....

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by Hang on Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:05 pm

    Good info, keep share w/ us Wink

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by ee_lilite on Sat Jun 14, 2008 10:06 pm

    thank.. for info..

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by luv.inspecta on Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:22 pm

    now datssssss great ... 234 million ...?!
    wow man il loose my senses :twisted: :face:

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by car0_linex on Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:57 pm

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by Go--go on Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:15 pm

    Thx for share

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by izna-love.you on Sun Jul 13, 2008 8:20 pm

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by Go--go on Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:56 am

    Gud post

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by aandfix on Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:09 am

    Gud news br0ther,,

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by sang_garuda on Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:01 am

    good news bro keep it..... Very Happy

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by shunno on Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:27 pm

    thanks bro for the news..keep sharing world news with us...

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    Re: MySpace wins $234 million award in spam case

    Post by sang_garuda on Sun Jul 20, 2008 6:44 pm

    naashiu wrote:Spam king among defendants federal judge rules against

    The popular online hangout MySpace has won a $234 million judgment over junk messages sent to its members in what is believed to be the largest anti-spam award ever, The Associated Press has learned.

    A federal judge ruled against two of the Internet's most prominent spam defendants, Sanford Wallace and Walter Rines, after the two failed to show up at a court hearing.

    Wallace has earned the nicknames "Spamford" and "spam king" for his past role as head of a company that sent as many as 30 million junk e-mails a day in the 1990s.

    "MySpace has zero tolerance for those who attempt to act illegally on our site," said MySpace's chief security officer, Hemanshu Nigam. "We remain committed to punishing those who violate the law and try to harm our members."

    Rines and Wallace worked in concert to create their own MySpace accounts or take over existing ones by stealing passwords, Nigam said.

    They then e-mailed other MySpace members, he said, "asking them to check out a cool video or another cool site. When you go there, they were making money trying to sell you something or making money based on hits or trying to sell ring tones."

    MySpace said the pair sent 735,925 messages to MySpace members. Under the 2003 federal anti-spam law known as CAN-SPAM, each violation entitles MySpace to $100 in damages, tripled when conducted "willfully and knowingly."

    It is a big victory for MySpace, although service providers often have a tough time collecting such awards. But even if the News Corp.-owned site never collects, it hopes the judgment will deter other spammers.

    "Anybody who's been thinking about engaging in spam are going to say, 'Wow, I better not go there,'" Nigam said. "Spammers don't want to be prosecuted. They are there to make money. It's our job to send a message to stop them."

    The Los Angeles-based company described the amount of the award as a "landmark."

    John Levine, a board member for the anti-spam advocacy group Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email, said that past spam judgments he knows of have been in the tens of millions of dollars.

    He said he would be surprised, though, if MySpace ever collected.

    "The giant judgments are all defaults, which means they don't necessarily even know how to find the spammer," Levine said.

    There was no telephone listing for Wallace in the Las Vegas area, where he is last known to live. Service was disconnected for two listed numbers for Rines in Stratham, New Hampshire, his last known address; a third number was unlisted.

    U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins in Los Angeles awarded $157.4 million jointly against Rines and Wallace and an additional $63.4 million against Rines under CAN-SPAM plus $1.5 million more against the pair under California's anti-phishing law.

    MySpace has another anti-spam case pending against a high-profile defendant, Scott Richter, who it claims gained access to MySpace profiles using stolen passwords and then sent spam bulletins from those accounts.

    MySpace said the junk messages from Wallace and Rines came after Richter's.

    MySpace said it has since implemented features warning members when they're about to follow links that take them to sites outside MySpace.





    confused confused what is spam king huh??? i dont know that... tell me again please....

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    Post by Prodip2007 on Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:24 am

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