Facebook won a victory against spammers Oct. 29 when a judge in California awarded the site some $711 million in damages in relation to an anti-spam case.
Facebook scored a win
against a notorious spammer in federal court.
The social networking site was awarded $711 million in damages Oct. 29 by a
U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif.
The judge found spammer Sanford
Wallace guilty of violating the Can-Spam Act as well as a temporary
The award is a sizable
victory for Facebook, which sued
Wallace and two others
in February for allegedly using phishing sites and
other tactics to seize control of Facebook accounts for use in spamming
Wallace is no stranger to spam
and spyware-related lawsuits
. During the past several years, he has been
sued by everyone from the Federal Trade Commission to MySpace, and earned the
nicknames "Spamford" and "Spam King."
Despite the win, Facebook attorney Sam O'Rourke was cautious about the
it would have.
"While we don't expect to
receive the vast majority of the award, we hope that this will act as a continued
against these criminals," blogged O'Rourke, Facebook's lead
counsel for litigation and intellectual property. "Most notably, the judge
referred Wallace to the U.S. Attorney's Office with a request that Wallace be
prosecuted for criminal contempt, which means that in addition to the judgment,
he now faces possible jail time. This is another important victory in our fight
. We will continue to pursue damages against