🚗 🚙 Turn your trusty old car into trustworthy journalism Learn more

Facebook spammer turns himself in. Like!

John Moe Aug 8, 2011

This is the guy who allegedly hacked into 500,000 Facebook accounts. Sanford Wallace surrendered to the FBI in California. He developed a program that circumvented Facebook spam and privacy filters. The program would post messages on users’ walls that appeared to be from their friends. The messages urge the user to visit a particular website and once there, the data harvesting begins. Classic phishing scam, of course, but likely a much higher rate of return given that the message appears to originate from a trusted source. Wallace faces up to 10 years in jail but he posted bail with money he stole from people.

There’s a lot happening in the world.  Through it all, Marketplace is here for you. 

You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible. 

Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.