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AOL Employee Sells 92m User E-Mails

Posted: 24th Jun, 2004 By: MarkJ
In news that will no doubt concern everybody, global ISP AOL has arrested one of its employee's after he stole 92Million user screen names and sold them all to SPAMMERS!:

24-year-old Jason Smathers found out how to access what the charges describe as AOL's "highly secure database" when he was assigned another employee's laptop PC. All the instructions he needed were on the machine.

Using his, er, AOL email account, Smathers got in touch with Sean Dunaway, who then sold the list onto spammers. Dunaway later boasted of using the list to boost his own Internet business and charged $52,000 for the full list, or $2000 for each letter of the alphabet, according to police charges. Smathers also gave himself away by using his new database privileges to first check on his own AOL account.


It's presently unclear whether this covers accounts in the UK or anywhere outside of the USA. More @ The Register.
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