Spamming doesn't pay -- Sanford Wallace gets 30 months in prison

Spamford to be locked up and pay fine. Judge also suspects a mental disorder.

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Sanford Wallace (aka @DJ_MasterWeb)

Sanford Wallace will be jailed. The prolific spammer, who once called himself the “Spam King,” has been sentenced to be locked up for 2½ years and pay hundreds of thousands.

That’s in addition to the almost $1 billion he owes Facebook, MySpace and others. We also knew him as Spamford. Not to mention: Dylan

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers cheer justice. Your humble blogwatcher cranks out his usual, 11-year-long schtick as an expression of deep love for you, my lovely auds.


Sanford who? Alex Johnson reminds us—Wallace Sentenced to 2½ Years:

Sanford Wallace, the self-proclaimed "spam king" who has bedeviled Web users [for] two decades...pleaded guilty in August to electronic mail fraud and to criminal contempt of court. ... Judge Edward J. Davila also sentenced King to mental health treatment and five years of probation.

[It’s] the first time Wallace has ever been convicted of a crime, but it's definitely not the first time he's been punished for spamming. ... Total damages assessed against King approach $1 billion.


How much? Cyrus Farivar clarifies, saying Wallace defied nearly $1B in default judgments:

A Las Vegas man...was sentenced Monday to 2.5 years in federal prison [and] to pay over $310,000 in restitution. ... Wallace lost civil suits from MySpace and Facebook. ... They have been unable to collect...$1 billion in outstanding default judgments.


How long? The DoJ’s PR flacks gleefully announce the sentence—Two And A Half Years In Custody:

[It’s] in restitution for sending millions of spam messages to Facebook users and disobeying a court order not to access Facebook. [It’s] in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1037(a)(1) and (b)(2)(A); and...18 U.S.C. § 401(3).

Wallace illegally obtained, stored, and exploited Facebook user account information. [He] created an automated process to sign into a Facebook user’s account, retrieve a list of all of the user’s friends, and then send a message to each of [them. ... He] will begin serving the sentence on September 7, 2016.


How many? Duncan Riley adds it up:

Sanford stood accused of hacking into Facebook accounts and sending 27 million spam messages [having] illegally obtained access to around 500,000 Facebook accounts. [He] is actually fairly lucky: he was facing up to 16 years in prison. [But] It certainly will cause spammers [to] note that if they are caught, they can be locked up.


How about all the rest of them? Imagining the scene in the courtroom, here’s T__C:

"On the charges put forward, how does the defendant plead?"
"Your Honor; Guilty of a low credit rating? My sister's aunt earned $3305 a day with this one easy tip."


How amusing. Heed the thoughts of Registered Coward v2:

What I don't understand is once you've discovered your "business model" doesn't work, you don't take what you've learned and try to sell your skills in a way that does't get you in trouble? ... You still could sell your knowledge about spam and how to fight it to corporations. He...could have capitalized on that; after all [he] was one of the early persons to capitalize on spam. ... Follow Frank Abagnale's lead and sell the ability to stop others from doing what you do.

It's not that different from going from being in government to being a lobbyist...or working in a field and then using the knowledge you gain to help others compete in the same field. ... It beats prison, especially since you have your former adversaries now on your side.

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