Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Ever wonder how spammers get your AOL screenname?

Ex-AOL employee sentenced to 15 months in spam case - Computerworld

As reported in Reuters by Christine Kearney, former American Online employee, Jason Smathers was sentenced to 15 months in prison for stealing 92 million e-mail screen names from AOL and selling them to a spammer for $28,000.

The thief Jason, appeared sorrowful according to the news story.

I just wonder how did he appear "sorrowful"? I mean, did he sob and beg for mercy? Did he offer to give U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein the best blowjob he's ever had in his life?

or maybe he already did.

"Prosecutors said AOL, a unit of Time Warner Inc., suffered an estimated loss of $300,000 from employee time spent dealing with the issue, as well as hardware and software expenses. "

This shows how much AOL doesn't care about losing 92 MILLION screen names. At the time of the theft, there were only 30 million subscribers. So potentially, every single screen name active at that time was on this stolen list!

Seeing something like this makes me want to bite nails, I get so mad.

The judge estimates that AOL suffered a loss of 10 cents for every 1,000 spam e-mail sent out. He suggested a figure of $84,000.

Yeah, that's about right. That figure will just about cover all the medical expenses I have from hitting the damn DELETE button!

Mr. Jason is going into the big house on September 19. I think I'm going to have to call in some favors and make sure Mr. Jason is shown a very good someone's BIAHTCH!

Ten thousand letters
Form words in the clear blue sky
Jason's getting FUCKED


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