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December 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
Federal prosecutors and a former America Online Inc. software engineer have negotiated a tentative plea agreement over charges he stole more than 92 million e-mail addresses and sold them to Internet spammers, according to two people familiar with the case. Jason Smathers, 24, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., is scheduled to appear today in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
June 24, 2004 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
Welcome! You've got spam. An America Online employee accused of stealing at least 92 million e-mail addresses and selling them to a spammer for more than $100,000 was arrested Wednesday at his home in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Jason Smathers, 24, was charged with violating federal computer fraud and anti-spam laws. AOL said after his arrest that it had fired the computer engineer. Smathers' alleged accomplice, 21-year-old e-mail marketer Sean Dunaway, was arrested in Las Vegas on the same charges.
June 13, 2004 | T.J. Simers
THE DUMP -- Dr. Renee Cobos, who recently took a chunk out of my head, came to the telephone with test results, said I was fine and I wouldn't have to come home from The Dump right away for treatment. I told her to check those test results again -- there had to be something there. "Enjoy yourself in Detroit," she said, and for a doctor, she sure knows how to hurt a guy. * I CHECKED with the wife. "Stay in Detroit as long as you want," she said, and I think she meant it.
February 19, 2004 | From Reuters
A new worm called Netsky.B emerged on the Internet, spreading by mimicking familiar e-mail addresses and enticing users to open file attachments containing malicious software, security experts said. The worm, once activated, forwards itself to e-mail addresses found on an infected computer's hard drive. Netsky.
July 5, 2001 | Reuters
Drug maker Eli Lilly last week inadvertently divulged the e-mail addresses of some patients with depression, bulimia or obsessive-compulsive disorder, the Washington Post reported, quoting company executives. A June 27 e-mail message listed the addresses of more than 600 people who had signed up for an Internet service provided by Lilly to send them reminders about taking the company's Prozac medicine or attending to other matters.
March 8, 2001 | EDMUND SANDERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER, a popular political Web site that folded last month, is trying to raise cash by auctioning its consumer database, including the e-mail addresses, party affiliations and political interests of about 170,000 subscribers. The defunct Internet site is the latest to raise privacy hackles by peddling data about its users. A similar move last year by bankrupt prompted a lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission.
December 7, 2000 | DAVE WILSON,
Q: I use the e-mail program Netscape Messenger. I want to send an e-mail to everyone in one of my address books, but I don't want everyone to be listed on the e-mail. The list is extremely long, and I don't want it to seem too impersonal. Is there a way to do this, other than to send individual e-mails? A: Well, the friendly geeks here at Q&A labs are always eager to provide service that seems quite personalized.
A flaw in Microsoft Corp.'s Hotmail program is inadvertently sending subscribers' e-mail addresses to online advertisers, the company confirmed Wednesday. The admission highlights a widespread Internet security problem known as "data spill." Security experts said similar problems have plagued Internet companies that make personal information available in URLs, or Web addresses.
May 18, 2000 | From the Washington Post
At the touch of a button last Friday, the Clinton campaign accidentally sent out the personal e-mail addresses of hundreds of reporters and members of the campaign's inner circle. The addresses appeared at the top of a message intended to offer an update on a visit the first lady was planning to Manhattan. The list was then forwarded to Internet gossip Matt Drudge, who posted a report about it on his Web site Sunday.
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