U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins in Los Angeles ruled in MySpace’s favor Monday. Sanford Wallace and Walter Rines did not show up for the court hearing.
While MySpace may never actually see the money, they hope that it will deter other spammers. Because, obviously you can make a lot of money off spamming and even if you get caught still get to keep the money.
Wallace was responsible for sending 30 million junk e-mails a day in the 1990s and was sued by leading Internet service providers (ISPs) like AOL. In 2006 he had a $4 million federal judgment against him for spyware.
Wallace stole passwords to MySpace accounts and automatically emailed the friends recommending another web site or video. When they got to the new site the company made money from ads or affiliate deals.
What’s next for Wallace? A few years ago he moved to Vegas (good choice) and his numbers are unlisted. Here’s my favorite line: “There was no telephone listing for Wallace in the Las Vegas area, to which he moved in 2004 to pursue night club promotion work.”
“Collins awarded the amounts sought by MySpace: $157.4 million jointly against Rines and Wallace and an additional $63.4 million against Rines under CAN-SPAM — plus $1.5 million more against the pair under California’s anti-phishing law and $4.7 million in attorneys fees. MySpace said it was entitled to another $3 million from Rines and Wallace under a different section of CAN-SPAM.”
Next up for MySpace: they are going after another high profile spammer, Scott Richter.