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Sanford Wallace (finally) Goes To Prison!

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...-in-default-judgments-sentenced-to-2-5-years/

    A Las Vegas man known as the "Spam King" was sentenced Monday to 2.5 years in federal prison. He pleaded guilty last year to one count of fraud.

    The federal judge in San Jose, California also ordered Sanford Wallace to pay over $310,000. in restitution.

    Prosecutors wrote that by his own admission, Wallace executed "a scheme from approximately November 2008 through March 2009 to send spam messages to Facebook users that compromised approximately 500,000 legitimate Facebook accounts, and resulted in over 27 million spam messages being sent through Facebook's servers."

    Wallace lost civil suits from MySpace and Facebook, among others, and was hit with nearly a total of $1 billion in outstanding default judgments, for which they have been unable to collect. In 2011, he was finally hit with criminal charges.

    As prosecutors wrote in their pre-sentencing memorandum, asking the judge to impose a three-year sentence:

    "The defendant's history demonstrates that he has yet to suffer a consequence - other than a default judgment that cannot be collected -- for his spamming activities. A sentence of 36 months' imprisonment will impress upon the defendant the seriousness of his actions and deter him from engaging in similar conduct again.

    Ars editor Nate Anderson profiled Wallace in a section of his 2013 book, The Internet Police, which we excerpted here.

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/12/the-decade-long-quest-to-stop-spamford-wallace/1/
     
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    Cyber terrorism. That's a lot of spam messages he sent. Who else thinks his 2.5 years sentence is too much for just 'spamming'? I mean a lot of us do that sometimes unknowingly:/
     
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    Knowingly & willingly being part of a crime and then not ready to part with the money that he made through such spamming deserves a bit of prison time. He would have been a free man had he compensated. Fair judgement, IMO.
     
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    he probably won't serve the full term.
     
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    Probably not but the headlines should be enough to curb the enthusiasm that some have for such mass spamming which I imagine is the main aim behind such judgements.
     
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    Does this mean we can be arrested for using GSA :D?
     
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    What kind of messages this guy spammed to deserve a prison sentence?
     
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    There was another article (can't remember which site) that said he didn't only spammed but also hacked fb accounts and was sending spam messages from hacked accounts
     
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    HE DIDNT GO TO PRISON FOR SPAMMING. HE WENT TO PRISON FOR FRAUD.
     
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    For hacking I would understand. But just spamming is a bit vague for a prison sentence. If ''spamming'' would suddenly be a real offence for which you could go to prison, it would be a slippery slope from there.
     
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    I am from Germany, and spamming here isn't criminal at all. I could send 1 billion messages a day without getting any problems with the police, only facebook could sue me for using their platform.
     
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    He didnt go to prison for spamming....He was scamming people.

    He was sending phishing emails to people.

    Wallace tricked people into revealing their login details which he then used to access half a million accounts

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34061931
     
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    I thought that name sounded familiar.

    Spamming is one thing. Spamming in order to commit fraud is another thing entirely.

    He should have gone to jail. He was phishing, and that's just bad form.
     
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    I guess it's time to venture to another black hat method.
     
  15. The Scarlet Pimp

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    spamming? you can now be legally charged (and probably arrested) for guessing the endings to tv shows!

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    Almost exactly a month ago we wrote about HBO abusing the DMCA process to go after people who were predicting what would happen in GAME OF THRONES, accusing them of violating copyright law in accurately predicting what would happen in the future.

    As we noted, that's not at all how copyright law works, but apparently AMC took a look at what HBO was doing and said, "Hey, let's do that too."

    A large Facebook fan group (with almost 400,000 subscribers) called "The Spoiling Dead Fans" has announced that it has received a completely bogus DMCA notice from AMC:

    After two years, AMC finally reached out to us! But it
    wasn't a request not to post any info about the Lucille
    Victim or any type of friendly attempt at compromise, it
    was a cease and desist and a threat of a lawsuit by AMC
    Holdings, LLC's attorney, Dennis Wilson. They say we can't
    make any type of prediction about the Lucille Victim.
    Their stance is that making such a prediction would be
    considered copyright infringement. AMC tells us that we
    made some claim somewhere that says we received "copyright
    protected, trade secret information about the most critical
    plot information in the unreleased next season of THE
    WALKING DEAD and that we announced we were going to disclose
    this protected information. We still aren't sure where
    we supposedly made this claim because they did not identify
    where it was.

    The folks who run the Facebook page note that they don't think there's a legitimate legal issue here, but they're also doing this for fun, and getting sued is no fun, so they're shutting up thanks to AMC legal:

    Basically what it all comes down to is if we post our Lucille
    Victim prediction and we're right, AMC says they will sue
    us. Whether there are grounds for it or not is not the issue,
    it still costs money to defend. That is the way our justice
    system works. Would we have defenses? Sure. But it also costs
    money to mount that defense. If someone brings us a potential
    Lucille spoiler and we confirm it and it turns out accurate
    we could get sued. That doesn't mean they're right and we're
    wrong, but like so many other situations in this world, they
    have the money and power and we do not. So we lose. In the
    past two years, AMC has filed several wrongful DMCA notices
    against us with full knowledge that we could not file
    counter-notices; they have hired investigators to intimidate
    our members, and threatened our local members with arrest,
    among other questionable acts.

    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160613/01084434693/pure-bullshit-amc-
    threatens-huge-fan-community-with-copyright-claim-over-spoiler-predictions.shtml