Man Arrested For Social Networking Spam And Extortion
from the friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend-of-no-one dept
With all of these various social network apps, one of the claims that many make is that it protects you from spam, by only allowing people within your inner circle (or a few rings out) to email you -- rather than giving everyone access to everyone. Well, apparently one teen thought that was too restrictive and worked out a way to spam everyone on MySpace, the social networking service that recently surpassed Friendster in popularity. To make matters worse, he then approached MySpace and asked if he could be given the exclusive rights to spam MySpace members. When ignored, he threatened to reveal how he spammed everyone to other spammers. In response, MySpace went to the authorities, and the guy has now been arrested. Yet another reminder that each one of these sites that you give all your info to may not do the greatest job protecting it.