Spammers beware as prolific Spam King faces three years in jail

26 Aug 2015

Spammers beware as prolific Spam King faces three years in jail

Spam is one of the most annoying things to encounter when using the internet, but fortunately those who choose to spam may become more wary as an American man nicknamed the ‘Spam king’ faces three years in prison.

Sanford Wallace, a 47-year old, pleaded guilty on Monday to hacking into thousands of Facebook accounts and sending over 27million spam posts. The notorious Spam King broke into half a million Facebook accounts back in 2008 and 2009 and used those accounts to post spam messages onto their friend’s profiles. The messages acted as part of phishing scam as they would try to convince users to give up their personal details or click on websites that would pay Wallace for increasing traffic.

It is not the first time that Wallace has been in trouble for such activity. Back in 2008 he was found guilty of launching phishing attacks the Myspace social network.

Mr Wallace is due to be sentenced on December 7th and faces a fine of $250,000 as well as the three year long prison term.

How to avoid being a victim of phishing attempts

Despite increased awareness of such cyber-attacks in the media, many people continue to fall victim to phishing attempts. The best way to avoid such attacks is to be cautious and follow these steps:

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