Facebook Spam King Sanford Wallace Turns Himself in to the Feds

facebook in newscomputer hacker mask evilSanford Wallace, self-proclaimed “Spam King” is set to appear in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose on Aug. 22.

Mr. Wallace had been evading the F.B.I. for quite some time.  He voluntarily turned himself in, most likely hoping to reduce the punitive damages he would be dealt–which may total up to forty years in prison.

The Facebook Spam King has been charged with multiple counts of fraud, three counts of intentional damages to a protected computer and two counts of criminal contempt.  He could see fines up to two million dollars.  Quite the hefty penalty.

In Sanford’s most recent scheme, he would bait Facebook users to participate in surveys that would forward them to malicious websites.  He would then be allowed to steal their login information through a process known as “phishing”.  He claims to have written a script that did all of the work.

Sanford Wallace managed to send 27 million spam messages between 2008 and 2009.  He was formally indicted on July 6th.  He was released on a $100,000 bond and is awaiting his day in court.

I’m sure Facebook is happy to finally have this menace under control.  Mr. Wallace managed to find his way around all of Facebook’s spam filters, truly giving meaning to the word illusive.  Facebook and the F.B.I. must be very relieved that he voluntarily turned himself in.

SOURCEwww.eweek.com       

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