The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sanford Wallace and Walter Rines in trouble with FTC again

This just in from the UK Register. The FTC is asking the courts to find Sanford Wallace and Walter Rines in contempt of court.

In 2006, Wallace and Rines settled with the FTC on charges of distributing spyware, agreeing to stop doing it and paying a slap-on-the-wrist $50,000 fine. Within months they were at it again, this time attacking MySpace with Malware and social engineering.

As the Register puts it: "Now the FTC is trying to grow a pair". The FTC is asking the judge in the spyware case to find Wallace and Rines in contempt for violating their 2006 agreement. The FTC also wants to seize over $500,000 in profits from the MySpace caper.

For the full story, including many details on Wallace and Rines' attacks on MySpace users, see Register article Spamford Wallace's MySpace riches come under attack.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing isn't it? Wallace has been the scourge of the net for over a decade now-and something tells me this latest bust won't stop him either!

5:57 PM  
Blogger Spam Diaries said...

Some spammers are just lifetime recividists. I think the only thing that will stop Wallace and Rines will be jail time. And only if they're not allowed near computers while in jail.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the court system took them to the cleaners. A little excessive, don't you think?

4:31 PM  
Blogger Spam Diaries said...

If you don't defend yourself in court, the court just gives the plaintif whatever they asked for. That's how E360 managed to "win" $11+ million from Spamhaus.

It's all moot anyway. Wallace will ignore the court verdict just as he ignored everything else. Any assets he has, if any, will be well hidden. He'll probably never pay a dime.

(This is slightly off topic since this post was about the FTC while you're talking about the MySpace case, but whatever.)

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The spammers never quit!

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very interesting.
spam kings are an interesting term.

1:19 AM  

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