MySpace Wins Record Amount in Suit Against Infamous Spammer

Sanford WallaceInformation Week is reporting that Infamous “Spam King” Sanford Wallace, who hijacked over 300,000 MySpace accounts and used them to send massive amounts of spam to other users, and his phishing partner Walter Rines were slammed with a whopping $225 million judgment by a U.S. District Court on Monday.

          “MySpace has zero tolerance for those who attempt to act illegally on our site,” said Hemanshu Nigam, chief security officer of MySpace, in an e-mailed statement. “The Federal District Court in Los Angeles awarded MySpace $223,777,500 under the federal CAN-SPAM Act and $1,500,000 under the California anti-phishing statute. User engagement is up 32 percent year over year while spam is significantly decreasing, proving efforts like this are working.”

Starting in 2006, the pair began creating MySpace accounts and hijacking existing ones to send hundreds of thousands of spam messages. They also bombed the comment area on thousands of MySpace pages with still more spam. A year later MySpace sued. Despite their victory, chances of them actually seeing any of that money are slim. Wallace responded to the judgment on his website:

          “I just read that a court awarded MySpace a $224 million dollar judgment against me. That’s pretty amazing since I haven’t even been served in this case since the preliminary injunction about a year ago. Regardless, the check’s in the mail.”

I’m sure MySpace is relieved to hear that. This isn’t the first time Wallace has been sued. Since the mid 90’s he’s been sued by AOL, Earthlink, and CompuServe among others, and in 2006 was fined $4 million by the FTC for distributing spyware. It’s doubtful this latest judgment will faze him one bit!

Written by Sue Walsh


  1. StephenC · May 20, 2008

    one down – 3.4 million of them to go. This might deter some spammers though i think it will mostly deter them to a find better ways of spamming or using other spamming countries with no spam laws, which is just as easy to do..and once new spam legislation is introduced there – they’ll just find another source in another country…the saga continues

  2. Jane Graves · October 28, 2010

    Learnt yesterday that Myspace has released a redesign to attempt to get back visitors. It is loosing the struggle with Facebook. The different look attempts to give a better customer experience and is significantly cleaner.Any chance you are aware how this will touch upon the present templates and Myspace designs. Mobile users are also to be received with a different mobile site. Is this an good opening for your applications and projects.

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