MySpace awarded 230 million from spam case
A notorious “Spam King” and his partner now owe MySpace about $230 million in damages after a federal judge awarded the popular online hangout what is believed to be the largest anti-spam judgment ever.The judgment 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 deters other spammers.
“Anybody who’s been thinking about engaging in spam are going to say, `Wow, I better not go there,'” MySpace’s chief security officer, Hemanshu Nigam, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “Spammers don’t want to be prosecuted. They are there to make money. It’s our job to send a message to stop them.”
U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins in Los Angeles ruled in MySpace’s favor Monday after Sanford Wallace and Walter Rines failed to show up for a court hearing.