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Spam king Sanford Wallace indicted for Facebook spam


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 PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:45 am   
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http://www.itworld.com/security/190331/ ... ebook-spam

He just never learns... :roll:

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Notorious spam king Sanford Wallace is facing federal fraud charges for allegedly breaking into Facebook accounts and sending 27 million spam messages in 2008 and 2009.

Wallace, 43, allegedly used a phishing attack to steal usernames and passwords from victims and then used the stolen credentials to post spam to victims walls, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Wallace allegedly made money from the scam by driving Web traffic to affiliate marketing companies, who pay their members by the number of clicks they can deliver to websites.

You may remember he was also indicted in 2009 for similar malicious activity.

This was also Slashdotted

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/08/05/ ... ebook-Spam

Indictments are nice and all but when is someone going to convict this guy? It's still good to see.

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 PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:02 am   
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spamislame wrote:
Indictments are nice and all but when is someone going to convict this guy?
Vor dire while empaneling Spamford's jury: "Do you believe in the death penalty?"


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 PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:10 am   
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Double word score for "empaneling". Well done. :)

You're probably right, but there was no follow through on the 2009 indictment either, and that clearly had zero effect on his continuing malicious activity towards Facebook.

The day that smackdown happens I'll be very excited.

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 PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:29 am   
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Techworld chimes in also.

http://news.techworld.com/security/3295 ... k-hacking/

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"We applaud the efforts of the US Attorney's Office and the FBI to bring spammers to justice," Facebook said. "Now Wallace also faces serious jail time for this illegal conduct. We will continue to pursue and support both civil and criminal consequences for spammers or others who attempt to harm Facebook or the people who use our service."

Wallace could get more than 16 years in prison, if convicted.

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 PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:48 pm   
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Headline: Notorious spam baron Sanford Wallace faces charges over Facebook hacking
Lead-in: Notorious spam king Sanford Wallace is facing federal fraud charges

I wonder why the media wish to kneel before this king, or confer upon him a baronetcy.

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 PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:21 pm   
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Spamland seems to be like Narnia, where everyone is a king or queen and no one is a subject. :lol:


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 PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:13 pm   
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:king: and :queen:
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 PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:33 pm   
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Yeah I think we are all in agreement that the press's consistent reliance on terms like "spam king" are not helping them at all. Readers not really following the details are probably saying "but wait, they said they arrested and convicted the spam king two years ago?!"

Why don't they just call them what they are: online criminals?

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 PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:29 am   
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By any chance, has there been a definitive drop in spam levels that would corresponding with Wallace's arrest?


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 PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 12:30 pm   
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They're accusing him of hijacking Facebook profiles, so only Facebook would likely have those statistics. I tend to doubt they would share them, as the abuse of FB is still pretty bad. They're keeping the Sophos bloggers well supplied with topics to write about.


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