- For every name Jason stole he is spending about 1/3 of a second in jail.
- For every spam message sent (so far) as a result of his action, Jason is spending 5 one hundredths of a second in jail.
- For every dollar of damage he caused his former employer, Jason is paying 20 cents. If you net out the money he received for the names, it works out to 14 cents.
- For the damage he has done to the Internet community, Jason reportedly shed a tear in front of the judge.
I'll have to try that "shed a tear thing" when I go up north in a couple of weeks to fight a speeding ticket. Hell, it worked for Jason, maybe it'll work for me.
Look, I'm no sort of red-state, judge-hating kind of a guy, but the leniency of this sentence is nothing short of appalling. Jason Smathers is a criminal, plain and simple. Whatever the CAN-SPAM act may say, he is clearly guilty of theft. More important, he is guilty of enabling Internet crooks to do everything from annoying people to destroying their computer files, and worse, including stealing their identity and their money.
One year and three months and $82,000 is just not enough punishment for a crime of that magnitude.