SPAM King Sets Up Shop On Google+ - Page 2
The Federal Trade Commission sued Wallace both in 2004 and 2006 for using his site SmartBOT to secretly place spyware on users, in order to turn around and sell them a “fix” for $30 each. The Spam King lost a court battle, and subsequently paid $5 million in damages. Wallace’s company had been found using a variety of technologies that blocked people like you and I from stopping his email and fax-based Spam, including ever-changing false sending addresses and re-routing schemes.
Wallace then followed others to the growing popularity of social networking sites. MySpace sued Wallace in 2007 for using a program to create over 11,000 fake profiles, in order to prolificly spread links to gambling and porn sites. MySpace won the suit, and Wallace was banned from MySpace, put in hock further, now for $230 million.
With the Facebook lawsuit, Wallace’s behavior has now netted him almost $1 billion in court-ordered damages.
Thus far, Wallace’s content on Google+ has steered clear of past behavior. Although he uses his real name (Google+ does not allow the anonymity once enjoyed on MySpace,) Wallace leaves off his earlier boisterous and very public Spam King proclamations. Wallace’s Google profile only states that he lives in Las Vegas, and is a nightclub owner with an interest in poker. You can find photos of Wallace partying at Las Vegas club Crown, lauding the benefits of "nickel beer night."
Perhaps users of Google+ dodged a bullet, given the Spam King’s recent indictment. If these most recent charges stick, Wallace may only pay a few million dollars in fine, but could face up to 40 years in prison, likely removed from all Internet activity. Since filing for bankruptcy in response to the incredible amount of financial damages against him, Wallace will likely refrain from trying to bail himself out.
If he manages to return for a few more posts, given his proven (and repeated) ability to spread malware on others’ computers, Google+ users might want to ask Google to keep a close eye on Sanford Wallace’s behavior...