MySpace speaks about Samy Kamkar's sentencing

By Justin Mann on January 31, 2007, 6:52 PM
If you remember a few weeks back, there was a big scare regarding worms propagating via MySpace. In particular, Samy Kamkar had used the site to launch a worm attack that attempted to spread itself into many other profiles by infecting peoples machines. MySpace helped with the prosecution of this fellow and has issued a press released regarding the events. The release includes details as to the outcome, and what Mr. Kamkar faces:

Samy Kamkar (aka 'Samy is my Hero') plead guilty yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court to a violation of Penal Code section 502(c)(8) as a felony and was placed on three years of formal probation, ordered to perform 90 days of community service, pay restitution to MySpace, and had computer restrictions placed on the manner and means he could use a computer – he can only use a computer and access the internet for work related reasons.
Considering the rather draconian sentencing we've seen for some more serious computer crimes in the past five years, he seems to have gotten off lightly. You can read the full press release in the comments section.




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Soul Harvester said:
MySpace Statement On Criminal Action Against Samy Kamkar (aka "Samy Is My Hero" Worm)January 31, 2007 "MySpace is committed to protecting our community from any abusive misuse of the site. We worked closely with the Los Angeles District Attorney's office in taking criminal action against Samy Kamkar (aka "Samy Is My Hero") for criminal activity related to launching a replicating worm attack on MySpace. We are pleased with the verdict and will continue to pursue criminal action against people who try to harm our members in any way." --MySpace Background: Samy Kamkar (aka "Samy is my Hero") plead guilty yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court to a violation of Penal Code section 502(c)(8) as a felony and was placed on three years of formal probation, ordered to perform 90 days of community service, pay restitution to MySpace, and had computer restrictions placed on the manner and means he could use a computer - he can only use a computer and access the internet for work related reasons. Samy created a worm in October 2005 that inserted code into the Heroes section of a MySpace profile that would then propagate itself into a Viewer's profile. MySpace's suit against Samy is one of many in a series of aggressive steps MySpace has taken over the last two years to combat spam, phishing, and other abusive misuse of the MySpace site. MySpace's successes in this area include: * Filing suit against Scott Richter, for violations of state and federal laws including the CAN-SPAM Act and California's anti-spam statute; * Securing a favorable settlement in a federal suit against a distributor of an authorized bot that facilitated spamming on the site; * Obtaining a settlement including injunctive relief and the payment of monetary damages in another federal suit against the sponsor of an affiliate program that was promoted by spammers; * Filing a multi-million dollar suit against TGLO/The Globe for spamming MySpace users and violating the MySpace terms of use agreement.
tpl2000 said:
only one thing to say, and it's a comment about the comment.....CAN-SPAM?!?!?!? are they trying to get sued by hormel, or is it just me? can o'spam...meat jello, as i call it. ok, enough off-topic commenting.
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