AOL puts spammer's Porsche up for grabs

America Online members have the chance to win a spammer's 2002 Porsche Boxster S convertible.

America Online members have the chance to win a spammer's 2002 Porsche Boxster S convertible.

The ISP said the car will be given away to an AOL member in a random draw on 9 April. Only AOL members as of yesterday are eligible.

The car, bought with profits from the spammer's operation, was taken under asset-seizure powers available under Virginia's antispam laws. The spammer was the subject of one of five lawsuits filed by the company last April against dozens of individuals and corporations accused of sending unsolicited commercial e-mail to AOL members.

Virginia's anti-spam statute empowers state law enforcement officials to seize a spammer's assets. AOL said it took ownership of the Porsche after winning its civil lawsuit against the spammer last year.

AOL members helped provide information on who sent the spam by using a "Report Spam" button on AOL.

"AOL has always placed our members in the driver's seat when it comes to spam fighting, and now we are going to put one of our members in the driver's seat of a spammer's sports car," said Randall Boe, AOL's general counsel. "We see this as a great way to teach spammers a lesson.

"We're striking back at spammers and aim to take away everything they acquired through profits made from spam. That means taking away their spam tools - such as computers, routers, servers and other equipment, and their spam toys, including their houses, their boats and their cars."

Todd R Weiss writes for Computerworld

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