A New York man pleaded guilty Monday to one federal spam-related charge for selling access to a botnet of Facebook accounts on a now-shuttered cybercriminal forum.
Eric L. Crocker, 29, of Binghamton, New York, could face up to three years in prison and a US$ 250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He was charged with violating the CAN-SPAM Act, according to a court document.
Crocker was accused of selling access to a botnet he and others built of compromised Facebook accounts, according to the indictment. His customers used the access to send high volumes of spam.
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