Spammers Ordered To Pay $236 Million

from the good-luck-collecting dept

While the chances that they’ll ever actually pay are quite remote, some people will surely be happy to hear that some spammers were ordered to pay $236 million in damages for spamming an ISP that flooded it, disrupting customer bandwidth, forcing the ISP to upgrade its servers while also costing it customers. The amount actually works out to $10 per spam message, which seems a bit on the high side. Of course, this is hardly the first huge fine against spammers, and we’ve yet to see one actually result in payment — but we have seen spammers on the losing side of these cases come back later to spam some more. While there may be some emotional pleasure in seeing a spammer hit with such a big fine, it’s an open question as to whether or not it actually acts as any kind of deterrent.

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Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) says:

Deterrent?

So what is your solution, Mike? I would rather see a good mix of jail time and some hefty fines. I know another good one. The guilty should have to gather up all their computers, remove all filter programs, open every single email and buy or click through on every single spam message until they are bankrupt and their computer will no longer boot because of the extreme amount of spyware/adware/worms/trojans/viruses on the computer. The question will be what to do with all the V[@gra?

J.Locke says:

Re: Deterrent?

“The guilty should have to gather up all their computers, remove all filter programs, open every single email and buy or click through on every single spam message until they are bankrupt and their computer will no longer boot because of the extreme amount of spyware/adware/worms/trojans/viruses on the computer. “

Wow very Dante, I like it!

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Deterrent?

I personaly prefer ‘fine or jail. If you can’t pay the fine, you gotta serve the time’ That way it’s a deterrent either way. $10 per message sounds reasonable, because it means that there’s no way in hell they could have made enough of a profit to pay that off, unless they started fairly rich…

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Some context

Heh. That’s part of the problem.

See someday, America is going to wake up and realized they put up a $700B bounty on the heads of the people who caused this mess, which is substantially more than the current value on Bin Laden’s Head.

Bailout? Nah.
Rescue? Nah.
Bounty? Sounds good to me.

NullOp says:

Penalty

The penalty for spamming should be jail time AND a hefty fine. In the eighties it was discovered that big corporations considered fines for polluting, spam = electronic pollution, a “cost of doing business.” But when corporate officers went to jail, “Whoa!”, now that was a different matter! So, the jail time punishes the individual and the fine the corporation. Of course it is difficult, at times, to identify the “guilty party” as everyone points to everyone else during depositions! Hmmm….

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