Hopefully this is a start to ending the worst spam but there is a long way to go.
Facebook has been awarded $711 million in damages against the infamous junk mail merchant, Sanford "Spamford" Wallace, who gained access to numerous accounts on the social website and sent phony messages to their friends. "While we don't expect to receive the vast majority of the award, we hope that this will act as a …
Having battled with Spammy's 'Cyberpromo' outfit back in the mid-1990s - I truly wish someone would manage to get legal rights to his bodily organs in lieu of payment-of-fines.
We could slice him up and auction him off on Ebay or on misc.forsale.bodyparts.transplants
But - let's face it - only the most-desperate would pay to receive an organ from a spammer. Check out the classic movie "The Hands of Orlac" for guidance on what horrors it could lead to.
How about a pair of goggles welded to his head that show pop-up ads and plug his ears at random intervals. He then has to press a 'delete' button to regain sight and hearing. Maybe he has to hit delete 100 times in a row sometimes, just like in the old Cyberpromo days. The goggles can come off when he pays all the spam fines.
Can't help thinking that Wallace needs treatment rather than a fine, preferably at a secure facility. There must be something behind his constant spamming other than just wanting to make a quick buck. I quite liked this 10 year old User Friendly cartoon about him:
It think these chaps are nuts asking for money as these criminals will never pay any of it. And if they think it will "serve as a deterrent", why would they think paying $0 would be any more deterrent than being told off by a school teacher?
Request one testicle and their right hand, and make sure this is enforced! Then we have deterrents that *might* get heard.
All those whining about Facebook security need to actually read what the article says. The spamming was accomplished through obtaining account details and passwords by phishing emails.
Nothing Facebook can do will ever stop this happening, as a certain percentage of their users will always be the clueless who get fooled by phishing scams.
@Crazy Operations Guy
"Perhaps they could secure their damn servers, or at least through in some filters. But then again, this is a Web 2.0 company so the words security, privacy, reliability and profit are not in their vocabularies..."
"...or at least through in some filters" - WTF does that mean?
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