MySpace Looks To Dethrone ‘Spam King’

    January 23, 2007

MySpace has filed a federal lawsuit against well-known spammer, Scott Richter also known as the “Spam King” for the reputation he has earned. The suit filed in the Central District of California, says Richter’s companies OptInRealBig, CPA Empire and Media Breakaway are responsible for millions of MySpace bulletins being sent through its system between July and December of last year.

MySpace alleges that the bulletins were made to look as if member’s friends had sent them. The lawsuit claims that Richter and others obtained login names as well as passwords of MySpace users. The information was obtained through phishing or by purchasing lists of names and passwords.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles; MySpace maintains that Richter violated several federal laws. The laws they say were violated include Can-Spam, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, along with California’s anti-spam law.

We’re committed to protecting our community from phishing and spam,” said Hemanshu Nigam, Chief Security Officer for MySpace. “If it takes filing a federal suit to stop someone who violates the law and damages our members’ experience, then that’s what we’ll do.”

MySpace has more than 140 million members and is seeking a permanent injunction banning Richter from the site along with his affiliated companies. They are also asking for an undisclosed amount of monetary damages.

The Colorado based Richter is no stranger to lawsuits or the courts. In August of 2005, he paid $7 million to settle a lawsuit with Microsoft. He has also settled a lawsuit with former New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

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