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Spam King gets only $40,000 fine

by Nikola Strahija on July 22nd, 2004 Notorious spammer Scott Richter has been slapped with a $40,000 fine while NY State initially sought a $20 million judgement against him.

$40,000 fine and $10,000 in investative costs doesn't sound as a big deal, at least to him. NY State initially wanted a $20 million judgement against Richter but it has settled for peanuts. He wasn't even forced into admitting he had done anything wrong.

Richter allegedly used a network of 500 compromised computers to send millions of junk email to Hotmail users. He, of course, denies and such wrongdoing.

"I'm very pleased" - Richter told the New York Times about the settlement

This case is an evidence of how difficult it is to bring spammers to justice. Spamming isn't going to be stopped in court . Junk mail will still be sent and received on a daily basis, until we change the core itself.

Microsoft's action over the same offences against Richter is yet to be resolved.

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