I certainly hope not. Ever heard about that guy, Adam Guerbuez? Using some scripts, he sent over 4 million spams through Facebook’s Wall in 2008. After being sued(1) by Facebook under the CAN-SPAM act, he was found guilty (Guerbez didn’t even bother showing up for the trial) and was charged a 873M$ fine. That turns out to be about a BILLION Canadian Dollars.
And you know what? Spammer Adam Guerbuez(2) is enjoying his new Rock Star status, eating every day at the best restaurants in town, travelling around the world, and basically ROFLing at everyone involved.
Is he untouchable? According to french media RueFrontenac.com(3), that’s what Quebec judge Lucie Fournier will have to find out after Facebook requested the California-originating judgement be validated in Quebec, Canada, home province of Guerbez.
Whether this is coincidental or not, current government Conservative Party of Canada just reintroduced a legislation to stop unwanted spam(4) on computers and cellphones, and guard against identity theft. CBC (Canada National Media) reports: ‘[Industry Minister Tony ] Clement says Canada is an outlier among advanced nations for the lack of effective laws against spam’.
Talk about the understatement of the year! At EmailSecurityMatters, we can’t wait to see the ruling of Quebec judge Fournier and the proceedings for the new anti-spam laws in Canada. Will Canada become the new wonderland for world-wide spammers?
- (1) http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10106932-83.html
- (2) http://adamguerbuez.com/
- (3) http://www.ruefrontenac.com/jfcodere/23304-blogue-facebook-pourriels
- (4) http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2010/05/25/clement-spam-law.html
- (5) http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/194204/facebook_beefs_up_site_against_hackers.html