MySpace has announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the once (and future?) King of Spam, Sanford Wallace. MySpace says that Wallace “implemented a phishing scheme to falsely gain access to MySpace user profiles. Wallace created profiles, groups, and forums on MySpace to direct users through deceptive means to websites owned and/or operated by Wallace. Wallace also spammed thousands of users with unwanted advertisements that promoted his websites.”
Wallace has a long track record of spamming, and later turned to spyware schemes. However, most recently he had announced that he was giving up his crown, even if it was as the result of a lawsuit settlement.
MySpace’s lawsuit against Sanford Wallace seeks a permanent injunction barring Wallace from MySpace, as well as as yet unspecified money damages.
Said Hemanshu Nigam, CSO for MySpace, “Individuals who try to spam or phish our members are not welcome on MySpace,” adding that “We will continue to aggressively protect our members through a combination of legal action, law enforcement pursuit, and technological enhancements.”
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MySpace was recently on the receiving end of a lawsuit brought by the families of young girls who had been, the suit claimed, inadequately protected from online predators by MySpace. That lawsuit was later dismissed.
You can read all about Sanford Wallace and his cronies in Brian McWilliams’ excellent book:
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