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Computer Hijacker Pleads Guilty

December 12, 2000

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ A man who took over an Internet service to send millions of anonymous e-mails about pornography and get-rich-quick schemes has pleaded guilty to second-degree forgery.

Jason Garon, 46, allegedly sent millions of unsolicited e-mails, better known as ``spam″ messages, to America Online subscribers and disguised them to look as if they had been sent from ibm.net, IBM’s Internet provider.

He executed the scheme using the computer resources of the Market Vision graphics studio company, authorities said, and an overload of data crashed the company’s internal network. Ed Greenberg, owner of Market Vision, said his losses amounted to about $18,000.

Garon’s e-mails were traced to his apartment, where Orange County, Calif., investigators arrested him and seized his computer.

The Internet forgery prosecution is believed to be one of the first in the country, according to Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro.

Jason Garon, who entered his guilty plea Friday, faces up to seven years in prison.