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Filipino company sued by Twitter for spamming




A Filipino company, JL4 Web Solutions, was among several defendants in a case filed by Twitter in San Francisco, California two days ago. Jayson Yanuaria of JL4 Web Solutions was one of the accused in the Php25 million lawsuit.

JL4 Web Solutions created a software called Tweet Attacks which allows users to automatically create numerous Twitter accounts and spam Twitter with messages.

From Twitter’s official blog on Thursday (April 5, 2012):

This morning, we filed suit in federal court in San Francisco against five of the most aggressive tool providers and spammers. With this suit, we’re going straight to the source. By shutting down tool providers, we will prevent other spammers from having these services at their disposal. Further, we hope the suit acts as a deterrent to other spammers, demonstrating the strength of our commitment to keep them off Twitter.

Twitter’s approach is to hit the source of the spam instead of the just the individual spammers. The TweetAttacks.com website has been down since yesterday.

Note: The lawsuit was filed in California so I’m not sure if there was also another one filed here in the Philippines.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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21 Responses

  1. anony-mouse says:

    Wow! How was this even possible? (the lawsuit, not the spamming thing) I’m curious Sir Abe. What PH law will be applicable?

  2. GensanBoy says:

    The lawsuit as stated was filed in San Francisco, California, not in the Philippines.

  3. Tweetbot says:

    The extradition treaty between the US and the Philippines

  4. anony-mouse says:

    Hmm just like Harry Potter… Nowhere is safe! Lets see how our government will react on this matter.

  5. Bob says:

    Maybe the same (or similar) software being used by some celebrity fanatics to make a particular statement to appear in Twitter Trending Topics.

  6. Benchmark says:

    hayz! kung gawang pinas talaga yan, sana di na lang ginawa ng Pinoy sa gawaing spam ang idea nya…sana sa magandang paraan na lang ginamit, tsk tsk tsk bad image for PH IMHO.

  7. jego207 says:

    Twitter spamming software?? facepalm. I’m already having a hard time blocking unwanted invites & mentions.

  8. Kevin J. says:

    This lawsuit is just a taste on what’s to come for you Filipinos.

    Many Bloggers / Programmers in your country are abusing social networks like Twitter for monetary gains and have now successfully caught our attention.

    We also have substantial evidence that a handful of Top Filipino Bloggers / Programmers are engaged in illegal activities like Fraud, Sending of Unsolicited Materials (via Email and/or Social Media) and Malware distribution.

    Most of them are just using their blogs / business as a front line for their illegal activities.

    As of the moment, we are aggressively working with our Philippine counterparts to arrest the said individuals.

    We have full support of the Philippine Law Enforcement Agencies (Justice Department, NBI etc,) and will be making arrests/raids, freeze of assets in the upcoming weeks.

    We are committed in protecting the the intellectual property and interest of our clients and will use all resources available in bringing these illegal activities to a halt at the soonest time possible.

    As for the case of Jayson Yanuaria, his happy days are now over, and so to the Bloggers / Programmers that will be caught in our upcoming series of lawsuits.

    May this serve as a wake up call to all of you, you might be making a profit right now and enjoying your sumptuous lifestyle but in the end you will end up what you Filipinos are well known for. Rotting in Jail while eating rotten duck eggs.

    Best Regards,
    K.C.J

  9. Kevin J. says:

    This lawsuit is just a taste on what’s to come for you Filipinos.

    Many Bloggers / Programmers in your country are abusing social networks like Twitter for monetary gains and have now successfully caught our attention.

    We also have substantial evidence that a handful of Top Filipino Bloggers / Programmers are engaged in illegal activities like Fraud, Sending of Unsolicited Materials (via Email and/or Social Media) and Malware distribution..

    Most of them are just using their blogs / business as a front line for their illegal activities.

    As of the moment, we are aggressively working with our Philippine counterparts to arrest the said individuals.

    We have full support of the Philippine Law Enforcement Agencies (Justice Department, NBI etc,) and will be making arrests/raids, freeze of assets in the upcoming weeks.

    We are committed in protecting the the intellectual property and interest of our clients and will use all resources available in bringing these illegal activities to a halt at the soonest time possible.

    As for the case of Jayson Yanuaria, his happy days are now over, and so to the Bloggers / Programmers that will be caught in our upcoming series of lawsuits.

    May this serve as a wake up call to all of you, you might be making a profit right now and enjoying your sumptuous lifestyle but in the end you will end up what you Filipinos are well known for. Rotting in Jail while eating rotten duck eggs.

    Best Regards,
    K.C.J

  10. Ananbuni says:

    Sino si kcj? Nangangati ako.. Kung maka spammer at blogger sya e mas marami naman mga illegal sa US, e di unahin nila mga yun. Pag type mo sa google puro amerikano may gawa ng mga kung ano anong illegal softwares. Hayy..

  11. Ananbuni says:

    Nananakot si kcj e wala pa nga tayong cyber crime.. Yung nagshoshow nga sa camera na nahuhuli e walang maikaso sa kanila.. Yun pa kaya nag spam lang makukulong?, dito nga nagnakaw ng ilang milyon sa bayan e dipa nakukulong.. Haha, lakas makapag joke tong kcj.. Tapos na april fool’s day diba?

  12. Obed says:

    I’m not a lawyer or anything close, but do we have a law for this?

    Hindi ba ang mang yayari lang is if yung website hosting provider nung TweetAttack.com ay based in US, may jurisdiction sila na i-shutdown ito.

    Pero hangang dun lang? Or what? May laywer ba dito na pwede mag explain kung ano pwede mangyari?

    Thanks

  13. iOS Lover says:

    Halatang pinoy yang si KCJ. Poor english. Gawa lang ng 3rd year high school yan.

  14. sorenj1141 says:

    Agree @iOS. KCJ walang magawa sa buhay. Pinoy din yan and I know a lot of foreigners who trash talk on blogs and chats. They would not even bother typing that long.

    Everything he said is full of crap.

    Kung isipin natin napakarare pumunta ang isang hindi Pinoy sa isang Pinoy based site. “Yugatech Philippine Technology News and Reviews”. Kung ikaw ay isang dayuhan nagsearch sa google ng “Technology News” tapos eh makikita mo na may Philippines, pupunta ka ba dun? Siyempre hindi diba? Human instinct na iyon.

    “We also have substantial evidence that a handful of Top Filipino Bloggers / Programmers are engaged in illegal activities like Fraud, Sending of Unsolicited Materials (via Email and/or Social Media) and Malware distribution..”

    Quote ko lang. Yan pa it is full of crap talaga. Wala ka alam sa mga pinagsasabi mo alam ko Pinoy ka. Unsolicited Materials pwede. Malware Distribution katangahan mo na lang iyon.

    Top Filipino Bloggers/Programmers. Bakit? What is your basis for hinting who is at the TOP? As for programmers naman bakit may top ka ba mahahanap? Para sabihin ko sayo napakaimpossible icompare lahat ng tao kung sino magaling na blogger or programmer. Madaming programmer na hired locally or outsourced somewhere. Most of them are low profile. So ano basis mo? wala diba? wala wala.

    Itulog mo na lang iyan. The way you use your English structure, it has a Filipino side on it. So go eat your hairy rotten eggs. Hula ko nalugi lang ang website mo eh kaya laki ng galit mo.

    @Obed. Technically US government can do this. They already took down and arrested people all over the world, on his own country or on his own house. Megaupload, MegaVideo and MegaPorn owners should be an example of this.

  15. sorenj1141 says:

    Another thing is that you are just a private law firm Kevin J. The website under your name I am talking about. You don’t have any jurisdiction to dictate that you have the full support of the Philippine Enforcement Agencies. The supreme court of your government is the one who have all the cards to play with and decide everything before consulting with foreign government systems. Not you, not your law firm.

    Should I add that Justice Department is not part of Law Enforcement Agency. This is an independent body, which is – Justice Department or Judicial Department. Clearly, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Be responsible with your comments and statements.

    So again eat your rotten hairy eggs.

  16. zer0ice says:

    serves them right!

  17. digitallysick says:

    Good! Constantly i see spam of get rich quick , or make money “marketing” at home. Its all a scam and will eventually be shut down.

    spamming people isnt a real job.

  18. curious says:

    Am I the only one noticing the amount of spam tweets connected to a trending topic whenever it originates from the Philippines?

  19. raphnexx says:

    I’m shocked.i think the Fil company can’t lose this case.The money is so huge.

  20. BlackHat says:

    Poor Jason. Sana hindi na siya nagpakilala pa. I’m one of the few who first tried this software when it was launched.

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