A New York federal district court judge awarded Yahoo $610m in a lawsuit against spammers who sent mails to people falsely informing them that they were winners in a lottery of Yahoo.
The judge ordered defendants to pay Yahoo $27m for trademark infringement and $583m for violating the US Can-Spam Act.
Yahoo filed the lawsuit in 2008 against spammers using their email system to defraud people. Yahoo traced the guilty, who included Nigerian and Taiwanese nationals, through internet records.
Yahoo legal director of global brand protection Christian Dowell said that the company takes the protection of its users and its brand very seriously. "Our ultimate goal is to ensure that users continue to trust Yahoo as the leading U.S. e-mail provider," Dowell stated.
The scammers tricked people into divulging their personal information such as such as passwords and credit card numbers and sold them.