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August 18, 2005 | Alex Pham, Times Staff Writer
A former America Online Inc. engineer who sold 92 million stolen e-mail addresses to an alleged spammer was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison, but spam fighters said the punishment was too lenient to stem the flow of junk messages. Jason Smathers, 25, pleaded guilty in February to hacking AOL's customer database and selling the e-mail addresses of customers for $28,000. His case was among the first prosecuted under the federal anti-spam laws that took effect last year.
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August 18, 2005 | Alex Pham, Times Staff Writer
A former America Online Inc. engineer who sold 92 million stolen e-mail addresses to an alleged spammer was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison, but spam fighters said the punishment was too lenient to stem the flow of junk messages. Jason Smathers, 25, pleaded guilty in February to hacking AOL's customer database and selling the e-mail addresses of customers for $28,000. His case was among the first prosecuted under the federal anti-spam laws that took effect last year.
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February 5, 2005
* Jason Smathers, a former engineer at Time Warner Inc.'s America Online, pleaded guilty to charges that he stole a subscriber list that spammers used to send as many as 7 billion unsolicited e-mails. * Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's largest automaker, said its fourth-quarter profit fell 21% to 361.4 billion won, or $351.6 million. Sales rose nearly 4% to 7.54 trillion won, or $7.3 billion. * Boeing Co. won orders worth a total of $2.1 billion from Japan Airlines Corp.
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December 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
A federal judge refused to accept a guilty plea Tuesday from a former America Online Inc. software engineer accused of stealing 92 million e-mail addresses and selling them to spammers. Judge Alvin Hellerstein of U.S. District Court in Manhattan said he was not convinced that Jason Smathers, 24, had committed a crime under federal anti-spam legislation that took effect this year. Smathers, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
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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.
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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.
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