‘Spam King’ pleads guilty to sending 27m spam messages on Facebook

25 Aug 2015

A man has pleaded guilty to sending more than 27m spam messages to Facebook users, after gaining access to numerous user accounts.

Admitting his role in a California court yesterday, Sanford ‘Spam King’ Wallace (47) sent unsolicited ads disguised as posts, according to AP.

Melinda Haag – US Attorney in California – said  Wallace admitted to having accessed around 500,000 Facebook accounts between November 2008 and February 2009.

He has also accepted that he violated a court order not to access the computer network of the social networking site.

Back in 2009 Facebook won US$711m in damages against Wallace. He also fell foul of MySpace, with a similar case the year previous.

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Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic