AOL employee sells off private user information

If was an AOL user, asides from being majorly angry, this guy would have just made my hit list! *

U.S. investigators said on Wednesday they had arrested an America Online employee for stealing the Internet provider's customer list and selling it to a purveyor of "spam" e-mail.

Jason Smathers of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, has been charged with stealing a list of 92 million AOL customer screen names and selling them to Internet marketer Sean Dunaway of Las Vegas, said David Kelley, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Dunaway, who has also been arrested, used the list to promote his online gambling operation and also sold the list to other spammers, Kelley said. An AOL spokesman said Smathers has been fired from the company.

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