The Phillies Spammer

By Deane Barker on January 4, 2005

Trial begins for Phillies fan accused of e-mail hacking: Being a crazy sports fan is okay. Spoofing the email address of area sportwriters and spamming thousands of people in the metro area, apparently, is not.

But yesterday, Carlson sat alone in a federal courtroom in Philadelphia, the accused boo-bird who hijacked the e-mail addresses of area sportswriters and sent out tens of thousands of anti-Phillies cyber-rants in their names.

“Like a lot of people, he was not happy about the fact that the Phillies were not winning,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael L. Levy said in his opening statement to the jury. “But Mr. Carlson… decided to do something more. He launched an electronic attack against the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Newspapers Inc.”

They’re charging him with identify theft under federal law. He sent 100,000 emails, one of which resulted in 60,000 bounces to a local sports columnist.