Saturday, January 8, 2005

Are the Phillies Really That Bad?

On Thursday, Jan. 6, a federal court jury in Philadelphia convicted Allan Carlson of 52 counts of computer fraud and 27 counts of identity theft related to a series of spam e-mails that contained long rants about how poorly the Philadelphia Phillies were managed (no doubt including former manager Larry Bowa, who was fired at the end of the season).  According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania:

U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan announced today that a jury convicted Allan Eric Carlson of hacking into computers of people in this country and in Canada and from them launching spam e-mail messages designed to flood the e-mail servers of Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. the Philadelphia Phillies, Knight-Ridder, espnmag.com, foxsports.com, and the sportingnews.com. Carlson would hack into computers of individuals who had left their computers on and unsecured. From those computers, he would launch spam e-mail attacks, usually long rants about the Philadelphia Phillies management. When he did this he would fake or “spoof” the return addresses of reporters and the Philadelphia Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, espnmag.com, foxsports.com, and the sportingnews.com. He also used the e-mail addresses of two executives at Knight-Ridder and business e-mail boxes at the Phillies. This resulted in the return of thousands of e-mails to the persons whose e-mail addresses were spoofed.

Let's hope the Eagles don't collapse in the NFC title game for the fourth year in a row this month. (ph)

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