An ex-employee of AOL has admitted selling 92 million AOL screen names and e-mail addresses to an online gambling site.
The 24-year-old man has admitted in court to being paid £15,500 for the screen names and e-mail addresses taken from a database at AOL’s US headquarters.
The names were taken in 2003 and the man was sacked by AOL last June after an investigation into the theft. The man faces a jail sentence of up to two years and a compensation claim from AOL of up to £220,000.
The recipient of the screen names and e-mail addresses allegedly resold them to other spammers. The recipient also faces possible charges for their involvement in the scam.
Prosecutors of the 24-year-old brought charges related to the interstate transportation of stolen property and the violation of a new federal anti-spam law. He faces sentencing in May.