MySpace Sues Well-Known Spammer Who Supposedly Went Straight

from the off-the-wagon dept

A few years ago, self-proclaimed spam king Scott Richter agreed to settle a suit with Microsoft and, among other things, pay them $7 million. The move appeared to be one of Richter's steps towards legitimacy, which wasn't totally out of character, given that the book Spam Kings portrayed him as a guy who couldn't decide whether to spam, or go legit. However, it looks like legitimacy has evaded him, as he's been sued by MySpace, which alleges he and his associates gained access to a number of users' accounts, then used them to send millions of pieces of spam selling items like ringtones and polo shirts. So, to answer our question of a year and a half ago: has Scott Richter really gone legit? It sure doesn't sound like it.


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    SearcH EngineS WeB, Jan 22nd, 2007 @ 8:09pm

    MySpace Adds Amber Alerts

    Speaking of MySpace - as of tommorrow - they will add Amber Alerts via the zip codes of members

     

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    Me, Jan 22nd, 2007 @ 11:27pm

    yippy MySpace!

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

     

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    Cyryl, Jan 22nd, 2007 @ 11:33pm

    DEATH

    PUT THE MOTHER FUCKER TO DEATH.

    IMMEDIATELY.

    That is all.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2007 @ 11:48pm

    so he was the one that sent out all of those personality tests! "Send this to ten friends or you will die" bulletins! Finally we caught him!!!!

     

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    Old Guy, Jan 23rd, 2007 @ 3:19am

    Re: DEATH

    No way..much too light a sentence.

    Lock him in a small room.
    His only entertainment is a mall black & white trlrvision that shows nothing but infommercials 24/7.
    His diet will consist of nothing but Phish sandwiches and SPAM.

    It' a life sentence , no parole....

     

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    blaah, Jan 23rd, 2007 @ 5:04am

    well if he's the guy i'm thinking of he had a rather good operation going on... idiots(typical myspace user) would see ooooooo free ringtones and click on the link in there to the persons profile... on the profile the person edited the html and made it so it said "you must be logged in to do this"
    what that actually did was send the guy all the persons account information...

    so basically myspace should be thanking this guy for showing that the internet is only for those capable of using it so there you go

     

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    TheDock22, Jan 23rd, 2007 @ 6:46am

    Go Scott!

    FINALLY someone takes advantage of the degenerates posting on MySpace. MySpace is Internet Hill-Billy hell and I'm glad their users got spammed for their insolence.

    Oh and if you like this post, check out my MySpace profile! (As if...)

     

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    Ryan, Jan 23rd, 2007 @ 7:17am

    what?

    what's the difference between him spamming myspace and their own users doing it?

    My cousin sends me about 200 of those stupid quizzes and all the old AOL chain mails every day... can I sue her?

     

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    mr. green, Jan 23rd, 2007 @ 9:02am

    re: what?

    Sure you can, provided you tell her in writing to cease and desist yet she continues to do so.

     

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    mr. green, Jan 23rd, 2007 @ 9:02am

    no, wait...

    Or you could, you know, block her email addy. That would be the easy way. :P

     

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    Rich Kulawiec, Jan 23rd, 2007 @ 9:20am

    There is no such thing as

    We've seen this movie before. Wallace & Rines claimed to "go legit",
    but then wound up involved in junk faxing and spyware. Richter claimed
    to "go legit" but we've continued to see spam from his operations in our
    spamtraps ever since.

    This is probably why a call for the IDP was issued years ago:

    http://groups.google.com/group/news.admin.net-abuse.email/msg/f4c5bdacdf17fb2

    So while I'm no particular fan of MySpace, I applaud their efforts here.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2007 @ 9:23am

    Re: what?

    what's the difference between him spamming myspace and their own users doing it?

    The difference is that he used phished accounts. So he exploited the trust users have of their friends by pretending to be their friends. Your analogy doesn't fit because the spammer isn't the one sending the actual bulletin. It would be better rewritten as:

    "My cousin stole my girlfriend's account information and sent out 200 of those stupid quizzes as my girlfriend."

     

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    John Doe, Jan 23rd, 2007 @ 2:26pm

    GOOD FOR MYSPACE

    THAT SPAMMER NEEDS TO GO DOWN ... GOOD FOR MYSPACE!

     

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    ashley, Apr 24th, 2008 @ 9:55am

    dis is stupid shit

     

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    ashley, Apr 24th, 2008 @ 9:56am

    dis is stupid shit

    dis is sum real stupid shit why the fuck would u go gay in da first place

     

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    jeff, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 4:51am

    Re: dis is stupid shit

    well if he's the guy i'm thinking of he had a rather good operation going on... idiots(typical myspace user) would see ooooooo free ringtones and click on the link in there to the persons profile... on the profile the person edited the html and made it so cheap battery it said "you must be logged in to do this" what that actually did was send the guy all the persons account information...

     

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