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Spammers ordered to pay $1 billion


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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- A federal judge has awarded an Internet service provider more than $1 billion in what is believed to be the largest judgment ever against spammers.

Robert Kramer, whose company provides e-mail service for about 5,000 subscribers in eastern Iowa, filed suit against 300 spammers after his inbound mail servers received up to 10 million spam e-mails a day in 2000, according to court documents.

... more ... unfortunately, including the likelyhood that money won't be seen ..

But, what a decision, based on spam traffic, $10 per spm, tripled under the RICO act ...

and this is only against three of the players.

As Mike Easter points out over in the newsgroups, it'd probably make more sense for the spammers to simply "buy" this ISP ...

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