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Spammer Hijacks Computer System
June 7, 2000
California resident hijacked the computer system of Westchester County graphics studio Market Vision to send millions of e-mails to America Online customers about pornographic Web sites or get-rich-quick schemes, according to county district attorney Jeanine Pirro.
The spam messages were disguised to look as if they had been sent from ibm.net, IBM's Internet provider.
Jason Garon, 46, surrendered Monday morning and was arraigned on charges of forgery and computer tampering. If convicted he could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison. He was released without bail pending a September court hearing.
Pirro said the message traffic Garon allegedly sent through the Irvington company was so heavy that it crashed the internal network, causing damage in repairs and business downtime.
Ed Greenberg, owner of the company, said his losses amounted to about $18,000.
-- (Dee360Degree@aol.com), June 07, 2000