Tags: spam | king | sanford wallace | facebook | messages

'Spam King' Sanford Wallace Pleads Guilty to Facebook Email Hack

Image: 'Spam King' Sanford Wallace Pleads Guilty to Facebook Email Hack
(Dollar Photo Club/muuraa)

By    |   Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 02:41 PM

Facebook’s “Spam King” pleaded guilty on Monday to sending more than 27 million unsolicited messages after he accessed roughly 500,000 Facebook accounts in 2008 and 2009.

Sanford “Spamford” Wallace, 47, pleaded guilty to fraud and criminal intent in his mass spamming spree, and also admitted to violating a court order to refrain from accessing Facebook Inc.’s computer network, according to Bloomberg Business. In 2009, the Las Vegas man was granted a $711 million civil judgment against him, despite his inability to collect it due to his own bankruptcy, Business Insider reported.

Before his Facebook spamming hacks, the notorious Wallace had been sued for email spamming, MySpace phishing, and spyware activities beginning in the late '90s, according to Business Insider. The U.S. Department of Justice also condemned Wallace for his illegal obtainment of Facebook users’ login credentials and information throughout 2008-2009, PC World reported.

A key component of Wallace’s spam schemes included targeting Facebook users by sending phony “friend” requests disguised to appear as advertisements, according to BBC News. The FBI also issued a press release stating that Wallace accessed Facebook Inc.’s private computer network on three separate occasions in 2008-2009, after which he created a program to spam 500,000 users’ private accounts. Within those messages, Wallace included links that sent Facebook users to another website and received payment from the website for the boon in its online traffic.

Even after receiving the judge’s order banning him from using Facebook, Wallace created another account under the name of “David Sinful-Saturdays Fredericks,” and continued to use the social media website throughout 2011.

In July 2011, Wallace was indicted as he faced 11 criminal charges, including fraud and criminal intent, according to PC World. His sentencing is expected to occur in early December of 2015. The maximum sentence that Wallace can incur would be a three-year prison sentencing and a $250,000 fine.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
Facebook’s “Spam King” pleaded guilty on Monday to sending more than 27 million unsolicited messages after he accessed roughly 500,000 Facebook accounts in 2008 and 2009.
spam, king, sanford wallace, facebook, messages
313
2015-41-26
Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 02:41 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved