Home > News > AOL Wins $13 Million Spammer Judgment • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

NEWS STORY

AOL Wins $13 Million Spammer Judgment

AOL Wins $13 Million Spammer Judgment
Get XBIZ News
Aug 11, 2005 4:39 PM PDT    Text size: 
RESTON, Va. – Only days after Microsoft claimed victory against a spammer to the tune of $7 million, another Internet giant, America Online, won a similar spam victory – this time against an established “spam gang” known to generate some of the highest volume spam on the Internet.

Under the Can-Spam Act, AOL was granted a $13 million judgment in U.S. District Court in Virginia, including money and goods seized from the defendants’ personal property.

Seized goods from defendant Braden M. Bourneval included computer equipment, $20,000 in gold bars, $75,000 in cash and a 2003 Hummer. AOL has said that it will donate the seized goods to its subscribers in the form of an “AOL Spammer's Gold Sweepstakes.”

AOL’s reasoning for the sweepstakes is that many of its members aided in the search for spammers by using a "Report Spam" button to help AOL and detectives find those responsible.

Bourneval reportedly cooperated with investigators; however, defendant Davis Wolfgang Hawke is still at large and is said to be associated with neo-Nazi groups. The two men earned more than $100,000 per month based on the sale of tax evasion CD-ROMs, male sexual enhancement pills made from ephedra and lie detectors.

AOL reported hundreds of thousands of complaints against the spam the two men were generating, and demanded $100 in damages for each unsolicited email sent.

"This shows that under the tool that Congress gave us with Can-Spam, we can really reach out and touch them, and when we find them, we are going to hurt them badly," AOL’s general counsel said.

Earlier this week, Microsoft’s similar spam settlement marked a new era for companies to go after spammers for compensatory damages under the Can-Spam Act.

Can-Spam provides Internet service providers with legal weapons against those who send unsolicited email, in addition to the seizure of any property that a convicted spammer has obtained using money made from spam profits.

AOL’s sweepstakes will start on Aug. 19, when AOL subscribers and non-subscribers can sign up online for a chance to win the ill-gotten spammer’s goods.

AOL plans to donate the computer equipment seized from the spammers to public schools near its headquarters in Northern Virginia.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !

EDUCATIONAL FEATURES

Cam Model Megan Kroft Dreams Big at Studio 20

Hey guys! Oh, I hate when I say that, all we cam girls say that, it’s beginning to sound so cliché. Hey! Hello! People from the industry, cam girls, cam boys, hello! I’m Megan Kroft.... More »

Rich Girls Offers Pro Cam Modeling Tips

The live camming industry offers endless opportunities to earn signficant sums of money and afford a luxurious lifestyle, but only with tireless efforts and non-stop perseverance. To be an elite cam model... More »

CBT Takes Testicular Play to the Next Level

CBT is an acronym often associated with cognitive behavioral therapy or computer-based training, but in the BDSM world CBT stands for none other than “cock and ball torture.” Those four little... More »
XBIZ NEWSLETTERS
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.






POPULAR PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ World magazine, the industry's leading e-commerce trade publication, delivering in-depth coverage of the online, mobile and ancillary digital markets.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Latin America Adult Business Expo

Jul 10 - Jul 12
Cartagena, Colombia

ANME Founders Show

Jul 16 - Jul 18
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport

QWEBEC Expo

Aug 03 - Aug 06
Montreal, Quebec

XBIZ Berlin 2017

Sep 11 - Sep 14
Berlin, Germany
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!