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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Spammer Gets 30 Months for Inundating AOL

A 27-year-old man was sentenced to 30 months in prison Tuesday for blasting AOL subscribers with spam over a four-month period. Adam Vitale was also ordered to pay AOL US$180,000 in restitution.

Vitale and his partner, Todd Moeller, were busted after they offered their spam services to a government informant, according to an indictment filed in May 2006.

The two sent around 250,000 spam messages to more than 1.2 million e-mail addresses belonging to AOL subscribers. The spam messages contained false headers, or the set of information contained in an e-mail that identifies where it has been sent from. The information can be faked.

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