The fact that a Spammer has to pay Microsoft $7 million is big news IMO. In the scheme of things, $7 million isn't a lot of money to Microsoft--this is clearly about the principle. It's great that $5 million of this will go directly to Microsoft's efforts to chase down more Spammers--here's to the day when we live in a world without Spam. But what REALLY bugs me about this story is a) that this company has $7 million with which to settle and b) that it will be able to continue as an on-going concern (albeit in some alternate form). I'd only be satisfied if this guy was shut down permanently.
Tags: Spam, Microsoft