There should be some smiles at Facebook today, after it was announced that they had been awarded $711.2m in damages against notorious spammer Sanford “Spamford” Wallace.
San Jose Federal Court ordered Wallace to pay up after Facebook complained that he had phished login details from thousands of members and then used their hacked accounts to bombard other users with thousands of messages promoting “cool sites”, that in reality tried to sell products or make money through web hits.
Wallace doesn’t seem to have much respect for the legal system, however. He failed to show up for the hearing, causing Judge Jeremy Gorgel to order that he be prosecuted for criminal contempt of court (which, if Wallace is found guilty, carries a jail sentence).
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.
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