Spam king Sanford Wallace indicted for Facebook spam

By on August 8, 2011, 5:00 PM

One of the most prominent Internet spammers turned himself in after an indictment filed in San Jose federal court last week. Self-proclaimed ‘Spam King’ Sanford Wallace is accused of sending more than 27 million spam messages to Facebook users over a five-month period from November 2008 to March 2009.

CNET is reporting that Wallace was indicted on three counts of intentional damage to a protected computer and two counts of criminal contempt. It's believed that he compromised half a million Facebook accounts during three separate attacks spanning five months. He could face up to 40 years behind bars and over $2 million in penalties if convicted on all charges.

A career spammer, Wallace has a long history with the practice and its consequences.

‘Spamford’ got his start in the mid-90s by sending junk faxes before shifting to more lucrative email spam. Wallace publically retired from the spam business in 1998 but allegations cropped up a few years later that proved otherwise.

He's been on the receiving end of multiple lawsuits from the FCC and social networking website ever since, including a $230 million judgment to MySpace in 2008 and a $4 million fine to the FTC a couple of years earlier.

Facebook was awarded $711 million in damages from Wallace in October 2009, stemming from attacks on the site. The latest round of exploits are said to be different in nature than previous efforts.

Wallace pleaded not guilty during an initial court appearance and has since been released on $100,000 bail.




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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

That is one dorky looking guy. He deserves lots of jail time. He hasn't been just doing spam:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanford_Wallace

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

That is one dorky looking guy. He deserves lots of jail time. He hasn't been just doing spam:]
And lots of people "penetrating his network" while he's there!... Or as I also like to phrase it, putting penitence with a capital "P" into the penitent's sewage treatment facility.

HiDDeNMisT HiDDeNMisT said:

Wow this guy is crazy

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Not to be hash or anything but he wont loose it lol....Crazy shit...

---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Talk about white trash.

Mindwraith said:

looks like jail will be a marked improvement over his current life, at least he'll be socializing with humans for a change.

yorro said:

This Disgust Me

3DCGMODELER 3DCGMODELER said:

Hang him up in the Public wooden post so everybody can throw spam from a can at him

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Hang him up in the Public wooden post so everybody can throw spam from a can at him
Would you advocate that we also hang him upside down, as an homage and tribute to the whole Mussolini and his girlfriend's untimely end thing?

That is one dorky looking guy. He deserves lots of jail time. He hasn't been just doing spam:
I just pictured him in his jail cell, wearing women's panties. OUCH...!!!! I may have accidentally poked out my mind's eye...

Guest said:

Imagine how much quicker the interweb would be without all these spammers...

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