AOL ID thief facing 7 years in jail

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AOL LogoMichael Dolan has admitted to stealing names, credit card details and social security numbers from AOL customers through phishing scams. Dolan has plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft and now faces up to 7 years in jail. These scams began in 2002 and ran through 2006 where Dolan and his partners used software to steal AOL screen names from chat rooms, once they had the screen names they would send a trojan horse that was made to look like a Hallmark greeting card. The trojan then prevented the AOL user from logging in and had them verify their account using personal information such as social security numbers and credit card details.

Dolan and his partners used the details to buy stuff online and also made fake cards so they could make ATM withdrawals, it is still not determined just how much they made running these scams.

In addition to the possible 7 years in jail Dolan may still have probation after his release and fines up to $250,000. He will be sentenced on November 14th. Sadly this was not his first offense, having already been put on probation for two years in 2004 for hacking offenses.

Read [The Register]

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