Spammer pays $413,000 in fines

By Justin Mann on March 4, 2008, 5:49 PM
Nearly three years ago, one of the first spamming cases went to court. The FTC sued Cyberheat, Inc. for their part in sending out globs upon globs of email spam, particularly sexually explicit email, in a manner that violated spam laws as well as federal laws on "Adult Labeling." This ranged from improper headers to the complete lack of any opt-out system, which is pretty much par for the course when it comes to sleazy spammers.

And until now, Cyberheat has finally agreed to settle with the Government, and will be paying $413,000 in fines. On top of those fines, they are being required to monitor their affiliates, whom the email was actually sent from. It took quite a while for this to come about, but this joins other six related settlements that have set back over $1.6 million to these companies in penalties.

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Nirkon said:
Eventually though they earned more than they lost didn't they?it seems like spam pays off.
space_cowboy said:
That is chump change to this company compared to what they profitted from sending the spam! The courts really need to set much higher fines where it will really hurt them and make them think twice about doing it again.
thejedislayer said:
Perhaps the courts are just trying to make their point across to spam companies, rather than sue the pants off of them? Yeah, maybe giving the sludge hammer will capture the spamming communities attention, but perhaps the court's aim for now, are just to let spam companies be aware that they can't get away with things so easily anymore? That way, it may encourage spam companies to actually follow the laws that they're suppose to follow.
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