MySpace Sues ‘Spam King’
Social-networking behemoth claims it’s the victim of a phishing scam.
March 28, 2007
MySpace.com, News Corp.'s social-networking web site, sued Sanford Wallace, who became known as the King of Spam in the 1990s, for setting up dummy profiles to direct MySpace users to web sites such Real-vegas-sins.com.
MySpace's complaint, which seeks unspecified damages, accuses Wallace of violating the 2003 U.S. Can-Spam Act that regulates the use of unsolicited e-mail.
Wallace was one of the largest senders of unwanted e-mail solicitations known as “spam” in the 1990s. He headed Cyber Promotions, which sent millions of junk e-mails daily to consumers, earning Wallace the nicknames “Spam King” and “Spamford.” The Federal Trade Commission sued him in 2004 for infecting personal computers with spyware that flooded users with unwanted advertisements.
“This case represents the third generation of spamming for Wallace, and includes claims for pernicious spoofing and spamming, phishing and identity theft,” MySpace said in the complaint.
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