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Facebook Wins $873 Million Lawsuit Against Spammer
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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 12:09
Spammer remains on the lam, but courts hope big award will scare others

Nov 25, 2008 | 04:57 PM
By Tim Wilson
DarkReading

Social networking site Facebook today won an $873 million court judgment against a spammer who has been routinely deluging the site with sales pitches and sexually explicit messages.

According to an Associated Press report, the judgment against Adam Guerbuez of Montreal is the largest ever awarded under the U.S. CAN-SPAM Act. The award is more than three times as much as Facebook will gross in revenue this year.

Facebook doesn't expect to collect the money; the report states that Guerbuez has been "difficult to find" since he was sued in August. But social networking sites are hoping that such a large judgment will deter other spammers from abusing their sites.

"Everyone who participates constructively in Facebook should feel confident that we are fighting hard to protect you against spam and other online nuisances," said Max Kelly, Facebook's director of security, on the company's blog yesterday.  [DarkReading...]  [Comments...]
 

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