MySpace sues Spamford Wallace

Gone Phishing


You've got to admire Sanford Wallace for his persistence. Despite a flurry of lawsuits over the years and his well-deserved status as one of the net's most loathed pariahs, the the self-proclaimed King of Spam is now being sued by MySpace, which alleges he phished user accounts and deceived users into visiting his websites.

The alleged scheme involved setting up 11,000 phony MySpace accounts, groups and forums and spamming thousands of users of the social networking site.

The complaint, filed in the US District Court in Los Angeles, seeks unspecified damages and an injunction forbidding Spamford and his associates from accessing MySpace. It accuses him of violating state and federal laws including the CAN-SPAM Act and anti-spam and anti-phishing statutes in California.

In May, Spamford was ordered to pay $4m after losing a suit brought by the Federal Trade Commission. In that case, he was accused of exploiting IE vulnerabilities so the browser would serve up a barrage of ads and con users into buying anti-spyware programs.

Wallace was among the earliest spammers, coming to prominence in the mid 1990s with a company called Cyber Promotions, which spewed out 1m messages a day. Funny thing, his ISPs kept dumping him, and several of those disputes ended up in court. He ultimately disbanded the outfit and promised to spam no more after facing lawsuits from AOL and CompuServe. ®


Other stories you might like

  • Verizon: Ransomware sees biggest jump in five years
    We're only here for DBIRs

    The cybersecurity landscape continues to expand and evolve rapidly, fueled in large part by the cat-and-mouse game between miscreants trying to get into corporate IT environments and those hired by enterprises and security vendors to keep them out.

    Despite all that, Verizon's annual security breach report is again showing that there are constants in the field, including that ransomware continues to be a fast-growing threat and that the "human element" still plays a central role in most security breaches, whether it's through social engineering, bad decisions, or similar.

    According to the US carrier's 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) released this week [PDF], ransomware accounted for 25 percent of the observed security incidents that occurred between November 1, 2020, and October 31, 2021, and was present in 70 percent of all malware infections. Ransomware outbreaks increased 13 percent year-over-year, a larger increase than the previous five years combined.

    Continue reading
  • Slack-for-engineers Mattermost on open source and data sovereignty
    Control and access are becoming a hot button for orgs

    Interview "It's our data, it's our intellectual property. Being able to migrate it out those systems is near impossible... It was a real frustration for us."

    These were the words of communication and collaboration platform Mattermost's founder and CTO, Corey Hulen, speaking to The Register about open source, sovereignty and audio bridges.

    "Some of the history of Mattermost is exactly that problem," says Hulen of the issue of closed source software. "We were using proprietary tools – we were not a collaboration platform before, we were a games company before – [and] we were extremely frustrated because we couldn't get our intellectual property out of those systems..."

    Continue reading
  • UK government having hard time complying with its own IR35 tax rules
    This shouldn't come as much of a surprise if you've been reading the headlines at all

    Government departments are guilty of high levels of non-compliance with the UK's off-payroll tax regime, according to a report by MPs.

    Difficulties meeting the IR35 rules, which apply to many IT contractors, in central government reflect poor implementation by Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and other government bodies, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said.

    "Central government is spending hundreds of millions of pounds to cover tax owed for individuals wrongly assessed as self-employed. Government departments and agencies owed, or expected to owe, HMRC £263 million in 2020–21 due to incorrect administration of the rules," the report said.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022