AOL engineer sold 92 million screen names to spammer

Thursday, 24 June 2004, 1:38 PM EST

Jason Smathers, an America Online (AOL) engineer, has been arrested and charged with stealing tens of millions of AOL screen names (email addresses) and then selling them to several people, some of which are said to have used the data to send unsolicated email (spam) to AOL customers.

According to the federal complaint, filed in the Southern District of New York, Sean Dunaway of Las Vegas, Nevada, allegedly receiving some of the stolen screen names from Smathers and has also been charged in the case. The complaint states that Dunaway used the email address to advertise his gambling business, from which he is said to have boasted earning $10,000 to $20,000 per day.

By Mark Joseph Edwards at winnetmag.com

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