Thursday, May 15, 2008

'Spam King' disappears after $234m MySpace fine

MySpace.com, the social networking website owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, has won $234m (£120m) in damages over junk email sent to its members, in what is believed to be the largest anti-spam ruling ever.

A federal judge in Los Angeles made the award against Sanford Wallace, the notorious "Spam King" who has been the subject of a string of failed federal attempts to shut down his activities, and a business partner, Walter Rines, after the two men failed to come to defend themselves in court.

The pair were accused of hijacking hundreds of thousands of MySpace members' accounts and sending messages advertising Mr Wallace's ragbag of commercial websites, infuriating members and forcing MySpace to spend millions of dollars on a cat-and-mouse game with the spammers.

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