Facebook spammer ordered to pay $711 million

By Jos · 54 replies
Oct 30, 2009
  1. gamingmage

    gamingmage TS Rookie Posts: 64

    I know everyone needs to make money somehow but come on. This guy makes a living off of annoying the everliving hell out of people whether it be minor annoyances to something that might escalate out of his ventures. I'm glad this guy got caught, charged and fined.
  2. kaonis92

    kaonis92 TS Enthusiast Posts: 118

    In my opinion spammers should be punished with heavy fines together with some prison time! They are on of the internet's nightmares!
  3. supertech

    supertech TS Member Posts: 84   +10

    it's about time these guys get into deep S**T with spam as it's out of control. I have received over 50 emails this week alone from "FACEBOOK ADMIN" and they all are annoying and a waste of time.

    I have many customers who always ask me, "how do I stop these emails from coming in"... when I explain that this is pretty much the normal part of the internet today, they start to wine.
  4. Twice as in you think you'd think you think you'd think?
  5. aceofspaids222

    aceofspaids222 TS Rookie

    He got caught again. I guess he just didn't learn. The fine is crazy (how could any one person pay that) and dumb (didn't work the first time). Put this guy in jail if you want him to think twice before doing it again.
  6. Eddie_42

    Eddie_42 TS Rookie Posts: 173

    where did this dude get $1 BILLION dollars? Seems he should be making license plates for a long time
  7. alberthuang

    alberthuang TS Rookie

    Too bad this guy isn't in jail. He has a lot of money to spend on lawsuits like this.
    The CAN SPAM law specifically allows the spammer to be sentenced a jail term.
    Obviously this guy's lawyer did something to make him only pay a fine.
  8. JieMan

    JieMan TS Rookie Posts: 63

    I think he should lose all rights to a PC for life , as well a realistic fine on which would ruin him completely ... but can you really blame him ? I mean he's just lookin to make a buck and who is really hurt that much by SPAM , your grandma?
  9. Zedster

    Zedster TS Rookie

    Good job! Throw him in jail and the rest of the spammers, and the whole internet will breathe a big sigh of relief.
  10. aestarvirus

    aestarvirus TS Rookie

    i guess he deserves whatever punishment he had. i really don't get the point of disturbing a web social community just for the sake of self fulfillment that "oh i am intelligent in computer stuffs, i can hack whatever site there is..." i think this case should be a sort of deterrent, as the above article says, for those "attention-seeker" people in the web who tries to ruin somebody else's privacy.

    in addition, with that lots of offences he made in the past, he should have learned his lesson, but he does not. so he has to face the consequences of his misdeed.

    computer is indeed made for human's convenience and even for entertainment. but it is not made just for you or for me, its is for everybody! we need to respect everybody's privacy and security as well. hope that this particular scenario about this web offender man can be a lesson for everybody...
  11. njel

    njel TS Rookie Posts: 24

    That guy will never be able to pay that. So I would punished him by making him worked to delete all the spam in Facebook.
    He will never have time anymore to spam the others...
  12. diego713

    diego713 TS Rookie

    I am always happy every time I hear about one of these criminals getting prosecuted, stripped of their illegally obtained finances, and prison time. But it does not happen often enough or quickly enough. This activity really hurts the internet community in all categories. The laws and personnel to fight this must be stepped up.
  13. Razerblade

    Razerblade TS Rookie Posts: 117

    Wow that is a lot of money! How can he afford that amount of money?! It is all well saying he has to pay it but there is no way he has that sort of money to pay so facebook wont get it!

    SUSHRUKH TS Rookie Posts: 36

    Some people just never learn... After being caught once, I think I'd think twice before doing it again.
  15. bigbrat41

    bigbrat41 TS Rookie Posts: 54

    I forget exactly how the quote goes, but the gist is " doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity ". Fines don't work !!!!!

    Cut off his hands, then lock him up.

    Spam and worst, Virus writers, will not cease until serious deterrents are in place.
  16. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    I wish they all could face jail time, they vulnerate security holes in our computers to get access to yours and friends/family email accounts and spam it.

    There are two types of spammers, the ones that scams you and the other type that you just ignore.
  17. Badfinger

    Badfinger TS Rookie Posts: 155

    You guys are too nice, I'm for dropping spammers into a pool full of starving rottweilers after being basted in bacon grease.
    Film at 11... might work to actually deter?
    30 years hard labor as a second choice.
  18. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Love it... But set it up as a pay-per-view event, with proceeds going to anti-spam organizations... :)
  19. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    It's hard to justify a way of making money when you have to hit the delete key 100 times every day when you check your email. And when the spammers are using often dubious and nefarious means to get at lists of potential spam victims to help pad their pockets. And when these slimeballs constantly find ways around your spam blockers. And when spam and related crap like that is responsible for a majority of the internet bandwidth being used (up to 95%, depending on the source you choose to believe), while these lazy jokers pay nothing extra to use it for their gains - at least with the old regular mail junk, they had to pay postage if they wanted to annoy the crap out of you.

    But, hey, if you want to be ok with questionable ethics and constant irritations all in the name of letting some butt nuggets make money, more power to you.
  20. fida1989

    fida1989 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    It is a great news.Social networking sites must kept safe from these kind of people.
  21. Kadir

    Kadir TS Rookie

    Wow. Sued for $711 Million?
    That's a lot of money. But I bet he got a lot too, by the reffering links and phishing sites.

    But, WOW.
  22. orondf

    orondf TS Booster Posts: 94

    i have been reciving spam from one of my friends on facebook. maybe "Spam King" did that.
  23. xtina

    xtina TS Rookie

    According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanford_Wallace), he filed for bankruptcy June 2009. There goes everyone's hopes of liquidating his assets (like many users above stated)!

    One has to wonder what type of person would want to be known for being a Spam King.
  24. Psalm7326

    Psalm7326 TS Rookie

    AMEN to that!!! As for how to pay that fine, put him to work in the federal pen, so he can "earn" that money after you liquidate any & all of his assets.

    I also agree with bigbrat41 (I think I got that right) who said "Cut off his hands and send him to jail." That may sound harsh, but that's what would be done in other countries. That's what they do to thieves, and this guy was not only stealing user information, he was stealing their security. What I'm about to say may be an unpopular opinion (I'm used to that), but I believe this is a bit like drunk driving. If you get behind the wheel under-the-influence, you should (IMHO) have your license revoked *PERMANENTLY.* If you engage in crime online, same thing: no Internet for you, m'dear. Both are hard to police, but the ruling would stand.

    I've gotten to the point where I'm afraid to put just about ANY information about myself online anywhere. I've been hacked on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and have had four email accounts hacked. My entire computer was hacked at the same time the email accounts were compromised. (The hacker deleted my one password-protected folder.) This is no funny-business to me! Granted, I believe I know who hacked my computer; I will admit that. But, I have no way to prove it. He basically *lives* online, and I believe he should have all access to computers removed. He can't behave online, so he shouldn't BE online. But, please don't think this colours my viewpoint. I'm mature enough not to allow that. He had nothing to do with the other stuff as far as I know. So...anyway. I've run out of things to say on this. I believe I've made my point.
  25. ellulbrian

    ellulbrian TS Rookie Posts: 30

    I wonder why all these exaggerated fines, just to scare people. Everyone knows he wouldn't pay them (at) all. Give him something which affects him and in today’s world, even if he is imprisoned, he will find a way how to continue doing these things.

    And hey! after all no victim will receive a penny, so why care about him?
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