Facebook Wins £577 million payout from Spammer

27 November 2008

http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/9267/21920198486e7981887b776cn4.jpgIf you're fed up of penis enlargement spam mails that your friends seem to keep bombarding you with on Facebook, their latest victory against a Canadian spammer for a record £577 million may be just enough to deter a few spammers.  It will hopefully also serve to remind your less tech savvy friends to stop giving out their passwords.

The Canadian man, known as Adam Guerbuez, used his business, Atlantic Blue Capital, to trick users to revealing their passwords on the social networking site.  He subsequently used these accounts to send out more than four million spam messages related to drug and sex websites promoting marijuana and male enhancement pills, violating the US federal CAN-SPAM Act.  Max Kelly, Facebook's director of security, wrote in a blog posting this week:

"It's unlikely that Geurbez and Atlantis Blue Capital could ever honor the judgment rendered against them (though we will certainly collect everything we can). But we are confident that this award represents a powerful deterrent to anyone and everyone who would seek to abuse Facebook and its users."

The Facebook payout is the highest in history ever ordered under the CAN-SPAM Act.  Earlier this year MySpace also won a $230m (~£153 million) settlement against spammers.  Bitterwallet has no idea how Facebook plans to collect the £577m, but they have apparently begun seizing assets belonging to Mr Guerbuez and his colleagues involved.  Court documents related the case can be found here.

[via VNUNet]

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