MySpace plays more spam Whac-a-Mole; Wins $6 million settlement

MySpace plays more spam Whac-a-Mole; Wins $6 million settlement

Summary: MySpace has won a $6 million spam settlement against an affiliate network called Media Breakaway and its CEO Scott Richter.The MySpace victory comes a month after it won a $230 million settlement against well-known spammers Stanford Wallace and Walter Rines.

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MySpace has won a $6 million spam settlement against an affiliate network called Media Breakaway and its CEO Scott Richter.

whac1.pngThe MySpace victory comes a month after it won a $230 million settlement against well-known spammers Stanford Wallace and Walter Rines. In its latest victory, MySpace won an arbitration hearing where it was awarded $4.8 million in damages and $1.2 million in attorneys fees and costs. MySpace alleged Media Breakaway violated the CAN SPAM Act among other statutes. Media Breakaway, officially a "performance-based marketing solutions" company, denied the claims.

George H. King, a judge in the Central District of California, ruled for MySpace in arbitration. The final ruling (PDF download) hinged on what was acceptable commercial use of MySpace (Techmeme).

The official line from MySpace chief security officer Hemanshu Nigam:

"MySpace has zero tolerance for illegal activity on our site and is committed to bringing to justice those who try to harm our members. Recently, MySpace won a major victory against Scott Richter and Media Breakaway under the Federal CAN SPAM Act. This award reflects MySpace's continued momentum and holistic approach to ridding the site of spammers and phishers through technological innovation, education, partnerships and enforcement. We will continue to do our part in cleansing the Internet of this invasive onslaught of spam."

The reality: MySpace is playing a neverending game of spam Whac-a-Mole. What's MySpace and other sites dealing with? Check this excerpt from the complaint:

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It doesn't sound like Media Breakaway is actually going to repent. The spam battle continues...

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  • Dignan, fix zdnn.com

    N/T
    markbn
  • continuos blow for spammers

    Inspite of antispam settlemets like these,there is a steep increase in spam mails due to the inefficiency of toady's spam filters. Spammers are finding new ways to send spam mails and spam filters are failed to block those spam mails because of their out dated technology. I read an article about a new technology called ReceiverNet from Abaca. . ReceiverNet technology characterizes each protected user based on the percentage of spam they receive and then uses those reputations to rate the incoming message flow. Download the Osterman Research white paper from this link http://abaca.com/downloads/A%20New%20Approach%20to%20Defeating%20Spam.pdf for more information
    wicke
  • Whac-a-mole is right...

    They will never stop spam anytime soon; but that doesn't mean they should give up either.
    JCitizen