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Facebook 'Spam King' pleads guilty to sending 27 million messages

By Tomas Monzon
Facebook 'Spam King' pleads guilty to sending 27 million messages
Sanford Wallace of Las Vegas, Nev., 47, pleaded guilty Monday to sending more than 27 million spam messages on Facebook through a phishing scam. Representative image. Image by phoenixman/Shutterstock

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Sanford Wallace of Las Vegas, Nev., 47, pleaded guilty Monday to sending more than 27 million spam messages on Facebook through a phishing scam.

Wallace used phishing schemes to gain access to nearly 500,000 accounts on Facebook before proceeding to send the messages.

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These messages were disguised as messages from an individual's friend and included a link to a website. Every click on these links redirected users to websites that paid Wallace for the generated traffic.

Wallace, known as the "Spam King," admitted to his activity in 2008 and 2009 but is now pleading guilty to fraud and criminal contempt charges. Wallace further conceded his violation of a 2009 court order not to access Facebook's computer network.

Wallace is currently out on bond and is scheduled for a sentencing on Dec. 7 by District Judge Edward J. Davila. He faces up to three years in prison in addition to a $250,000 fine.

In 2008, Wallace also spammed Myspace. In a case levied against him and his partner Walter Rimes, Myspace won $234 million over similar spam sent to the website's users.

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Wallace's lawyer, William Burns, has not commented on Wallace's plea as of yet.

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