Spammer fined a billion bucks

A Montreal man has been told to pay Facebook a billion dollars in compensation after he sent more than four million spam emails to the social notworking site’s users.

According to Cnews Adam Guerbuez did not admit to sending the spam however he did not contest the September 28 Quebec Superior Court ruling.

The court fined him $100 for each of the 4,366,386 spam messages that were posted onto Facebook profiles in March and April 2008. By the time everything is added up he owes Facebook $1,068,928,721.46.

What will have him gutted is that he is also barred from opening a Facebook account which will mean he is cut off from his friends.

Guerbuez says Facebook will not get a cent as he has filed for bankruptcy so the lack of a social notworking account is probably going to be the only punishment he will receive.

Facebook says Guerbuez posed as a friend and posted ads for various products on a user’s wall.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Lise Fournier wrote in her ruling that the barrage of spam was unprecedented and the method used was particularly efficient given that the spam appeared to be coming from users’ friends.

Guerbuez set up fake websites that posed as legitimate destinations and tricked users into handing over their passwords. After Guerbuez he gained access to user’s personal profiles, he used computer programs to send out millions of messages promoting a variety of products, including marijuana and penis-enlargement products.

Guerbuez said that the fine was excessive and said that spam was nothing more than a nuisance. All you have to do is press the delete button.