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Spammer fined $11 billion

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday January 7, 2006 )

I really don’t know what the answer is regarding spammers, but as I’ve stated many times in the past – as long as there’s a single country in the world that isn’t prepared to pursue spammers with extreme prejudice; the problem will never be solved and not even minimized. It’s not like shutting down a normal business; the smarter spammers are moving operations offshore and there’s a great deal of talk of international organized crime syndicates now being involved.

Unless every single country unites in the battle against spam, the war will be lost. Professional spammers laugh their asses off at these court cases – all the government does is to knock out their competition – which is fine by them; they are already operating out of countries that don’t give a damn. The extra money they make from the dissappearance of their competitor allows them to invest in more technology to get around the various blocks and filters.

What are your thoughts? What’s your answer to the spam problem?

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According to the Quad City Times, a Florida based spammer was recently ordered to pay 11 billion dollars by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa to a Clinton-based ISP.

That type of scratch would bring tears even to Bill Gates eyes. The ISP isn’t expecting to see the money soon, that’s for sure. The defendant was also banned from accessing the Internet for 3 years.

The lawsuit stated that the defendant sent more than a quarter of a billions spam email via the ISP.

Kudos to the ISP for seeing this court battle through to the end. The average site owner usually has no idea of the battle that goes on behind the scenes at web hosting companies in order that they can have a relatively clean inbox. There’s no ongoing fix; blacklists and off-the-shelf spam filters only do part of the job. I’ve watched spammers duel with system administrators in real time. Server admins are constantly tweaking and adding their own scripts in order to combat the problem. It really is horrible and not getting any better at all; regardless of what some government agencies may claim.

Anyway, back to this particular case – while I think it’s great that the offender has been prosecuted, I feel that the 11 billion dollar court order is a bit of a joke. It’s just totally unrealistic in this situation, although of course the figure is probably the main reason that this case received broad coverage by the media. Will this incredible penalty put other serious spammers off? Not a chance. There needs to be jail time and some social therapy or community service.

I really don’t know what the answer is regarding spammers, but as I’ve stated many times in the past – as long as there’s a single country in the world that isn’t prepared to pursue spammers with extreme prejudice; the problem will never be solved and not even minimized. It’s not like shutting down a normal business; the smarter spammers are moving operations offshore and there’s a great deal of talk of international organized crime syndicates now being involved.

Unless every single country unites in the battle against spam, the war will be lost. Professional spammers laugh their asses off at these court cases – all the government does is to knock out their competition – which is fine by them; they are already operating out of countries that don’t give a damn. The extra money they make from the dissappearance of their competitor allows them to invest in more technology to get around the various blocks and filters.

What are your thoughts? What’s your answer to the spam problem?

Spam and virus emails – how they end up in your inbox

Anti spam – email filtering and blocking services guide



 

 
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