Social networking site MySpace has filed a lawsuit against Sanford “Spamford” Wallace, who earned the nickname “King of Spam” in the 1997, alleging that Wallace creates more than 11,000 fake MySpace accounts and violated several federal laws including the CAN-SPAM act of 2003.
MySpace wants to ban Wallace and his companies from accessing the social network and is seeking monetary compensation. Wallace allegedly used automated software to create the MySpace accounts since October 2006 and used those accounts to trick other users into giving up their log in information and direct them to websites owned by him. He is also accused of spamming MySpace users with unsolicited advertisements promoting those websites.
“Individuals who try to spam or phish our members are not welcome on MySpace,” said Hemanshu Nigam, MySpace’s chief security officer in a statement.
Wallace has been sued several times for spam violations. The FTC ordered Wallace to pay more than $4 million last year for spyware violations made by his company Smartbox.net. MySpace has been aggressively pursuing spammers for the last two years. In January 2007, the company sued “Spam King” Scott Richter for similar CAN-SPAM violations.
“We will continue to aggressively protect our members through a combination of legal action, law enforcement pursuit, and technological enhancements,” added Nigam.