Spamhaus writes: "The Herbalking aftermath continues with a federal judge ordering ringleader Lance Atkinson to pay the FTC a hefty US$15 million. After already admitting his involvement to the New Zealand authorities last year now the US Federal Trade Commission steps in with its findings." Read more here.
John Levine points out that this fine really matters. Why? "Spammers are in it for the money, and to the extent they can keep what they get, they'll keep spamming. Fines that wipe out the profits, and in particular fines that can actually be collected are essential if we're going to make any progress against spam." You can find his take on it here.
Ken Magill reports on it here.