Although most of us see spam as part of life on the Internet these days, it’s still refreshing to see spammers get tracked down and nailed for their e-mail abuse. That’s exactly what happened in the case of TheGlobe.com, which hit MySpace users with 400,000 unsolicited e-mail messages over a year ago. MySpace filed suit in June 2006, and announced Thursday that it will be collecting $5.5 million in damages from the TheGlobe.com after a success in court.
Although that only accounts for 110,000 of the 400,000 messages allegedly sent, it adds up to a significant chunk of change for both companies, and sends a warning to spammers everywhere that they can be held liable for their actions.
"This ruling sets a new precedent enabling us to further protect our members from phishing and spam," said Hemanshu Nigam, chief security officer for MySpace, in a statement. "We hope it sends a strong message that MySpace will take aggressive steps to stop those who violate the law and damage our members’ experience.”