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Court Awards Facebook $711M in Anti-Spam Case

Submitted by on 26 February, 2021 – 4:32 pm

A California court has ordered a marketer to pay social networking site Facebook ( more than $ 700 million in damages for the seizure of accounts to send spam.

According to court documents, a court in San Jose awarded Facebook 711 million U.S. dollars in damages to be paid by Sanford Wallace, one of the spammers who have accessed the accounts of people without their permission and sent false wall posts and messages. The court found that Wallace intentionally violated the terms of use of Facebook with the “flagrant disregard” for the rights of Facebook and its thousands of users whose accounts were compromised.

“While the vast majority expect to receive the award, we hope this acts as a permanent deterrent against these criminals,” wrote Sam O’Rourke, one of Facebook’s legal representatives in the case. “In particular, the judge referred to Wallace to the U.S. Attorney’s Office with the request that Wallace be prosecuted for criminal contempt, which means that in addition to the sentence, now faces possible jail time. This is another major victory in our fight against spam. We will continue to pursue damages against other spammers. ”

Facebook filed a lawsuit against Wallace, Adam Arzoomanian, and Scott Shaw in February, phishing and spam accounts scheme that involves a number of Facebook users. Since November 2008, sent emails to multiple users of Facebook, which appear to be legitimate messages and ask recipients to click on a link to a phishing site designed to trick users into disclosing your login Facebook . Once users to disclose the information, then use them to send spam to users’ friends, eventually snowballed to engage thousands of accounts.

In May 2008, Wallace was found guilty of violating the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (better known as CAN-SPAM Act “), and ordered to pay $ 230 million to spam and phishing on MySpace

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