Tweet attacks, the most widely used Twitter automation tool, used for wide-scale spamming, was sued today by Twitter. According to a thread on BlackHatWorld.com, the servers for Tweet Attacks were shut off and the software no longer functions. The owner of the software lives outside the US.
Ms. Marrano, do not pass go, do not collect any more money, go directly to… jail? Your tweeting days are over.
With the Tweet Attacks law suit, the US legal system must keep the threat of retaliation in motion against Tweet Attacks’ owner, a foreign national. There will be a massive, noticeable change in the number of spam-bots on twitter if jurisdiction does not create an out for the company owner(s). Over the last month the bot networks on Twitter got highly sophisticated, with a small number of bots in one network all following another 1500 in the same network, so the followed accounts looked credible at first glance. One or more individuals were using this methodology in large numbers and following regular users. There are four other companies named in the suit, but Tweet Attacks is the most widely used automation-on-steroids twitter client software. Will a single tear be shed for the spammers?