Spam King pleads guilty to Facebook hack, email scheme

Sanford Wallace, the so-called Spam King, has pleaded guilty to fraud and criminal contempt in connection with misusing email, the U.S. Department of Justice says.

A notorious spammer is facing up to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to sending millions of unwanted email messages after breaching Facebook's computer network.

Sanford Wallace, who called himself the Spam King starting in the late '90s, pleaded guilty this week to one count of fraud and related activity in connection with email and one count of criminal contempt.

Between November 2008 and March 2009, Wallace fraudulently obtained Facebook users' login credentials in order to send spam email, the U.S. Department of Justice said, citing his plea agreement. Wallace pled guilty on Monday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

During three intrusions into Facebook's computer network, Wallace accessed about 500,000 user accounts and sent more than 27 million email messages through the company's servers, the DOJ said. Wallace, 47, of Las Vegas, targeted Facebook users with hundreds of thousands of the spam emails, the agency said.

As part of his plea agreement, Wallace acknowledged violating an order by Judge Jeremy Fogel related to a civil case filed by Facebook against him. Three separate times in 2009, Fogel, of the Northern District of Calfornia, ordered Wallace not to access Facebook's computer network.

Wallace was indicted by a grand jury in July 2011. He faced 11 criminal counts, including six counts of fraud and related activity in connection with email. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 7 in San Jose.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Grant Gross

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?