Sanford Wallace, a hacker from San Jose, California has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. He was also ordered to pay $310,629 in fines. He was charged for sending over 27 millions messages in Facebook.
Wallace, known as the “Spam King,” successfully hacked into more than 500,000 Facebook accounts between a few months of 2008-2009 by sending users links to websites with malware. The malicious sites would then harvest users’ log-in credentials and friend lists — making it easier for Wallace to send mass messages.
Wallace was able to earn money through out all the spam messages he sent to those Facebook accounts, since the companies paid him for high traffic referrals.
Source: NewYork Daily News