Disgruntled Phillies fan arrested in hacking

Thursday, 9 October 2003, 2:51 PM EST

Allan Eric Carlson, 39, was arrested Tuesday by FBI agents at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale and charged with hacking, spoofing return addresses, launching spam attacks, and identity theft for using fake e-mail addresses, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

He was released on $25,000 bail and ordered not to use the Internet, Michael Levy, assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia and chief of the computer crimes unit, said Wednesday.

Carlson faces 471 years in prison and $117.25 million in fines, officials said.

Despite a competitive season, the Phillies failed to win a spot in Major League Baseball's championship playoffs. The spam messages were critical of Phillies management and the media, including one e-mail that had a subject line reading, "Corrupt Philly Media Keeps Phils in Cellar," according to the indictment.

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