Spam King Facebook
August 6, 2011 by USA Post
43 years old Sanford “Spam King” Wallace was allegedly accused by a federal grand jury in San Jose, California, for piracy on 500 000 Facebook accounts and sending about 27 million messages between November 2008 and March 2009. The charges were originally made back on July 6, but not made public until it was delivered to FBI agents in Las Vegas on Thursday.
The U.S. Justice Department alleges that Wallace used a phishing attack to steal user names and passwords of users of Facebook, and then uses that information to send spam on the walls of the victims. It is assumed that made money by driving traffic to the affiliate marketing companies that often pay members for each click-through.
In March 2009, United States District Judge Jeremy Fogel denied access to Facebook Wallace as a precursor to Civil Case 711000000 and against him in October 2009 for violating the Can-Spam Act. But the current indictment accuses him of contempt of court for logging into the social networking site just a month later, while traveling through Virgin Airlines from Las Vegas to New York. Wallace allegedly created a fake Facebook account only last January with the alias “David Fredericks Sinful Saturdays.”
“We applaud the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI for spammers to justice,” Facebook said in a statement sent by email. “Now, Wallace is also facing serious jail time for their illegal conduct. We will continue to follow and the support of both civil and criminal consequences for spammers and others who try to harm Facebook or people who use our service “.
Wallace is charged with six counts of email fraud, three counts of intentional damage to a protected computer and two counts of criminal contempt. He could get 18 to 40 years in prison and fines of more than 2 million if convicted.
The famous king of spam, it got its name (among others) by sending 30 million spam messages per day through CyberPromotions in the 1990′s and published in 100,000 bails after appearing in court on Thursday. It is scheduled to appear in court again until August 22 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose, California.
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