Thursday, 24 June 2004

AOL employee charged with selling entire 92 million account database

I had finished my presentation and lunch at the Message Labs Forum on email security and had grabbed a copy of the Evening Standard, only to open it and read their version of the story below. Ironically, the problem is becoming worse on a monthly basis and legislation from both the US and the UK / European Government's have only served to INCREASE the levels of spam activity, which now represents a growing and unhealthy alliance between the Russian Mafia and the Boca Raton Spam Kings.



An employee of America Online has been for stealing AOL user screen names and selling them to a spam e-mail operation.

AOL said it discovered the screen name thefts and passed the information on to federal law enforcement agencies, leading to the arrest. AOL has fired the employee, it said, adding it is committed to his full prosecution.


Computer Weekly

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