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These two braniacs developed software that would collect e-mail and IP addresses from visitors to a persons profile. Then they sold the software on their own site. MySpace got wind of the software and blocked it. MySpace also sent a C&D to the pair, who responded that they would neither Cease nor Desist. Indeed, they were actually designing an update to get around the MySpace block on their software.
Finally, MySpace nabbed the pair during a payoff scheme.. but it was the Feds who showed up and properly cuffed the duo. And today the pair walked out of a Los Angeles courtroom, almost free. Besides the 3 years of probation and limited computer access, they received community service and a relatively light fine, $13,500. I think they got off light!
Here's the catch. Had this pair ever bothered to read the MySpace T&C, it wasn't obvious. They would have known that what they were coding was against the T&C. Of course, when the brain is engaged thusly, no amount of T&C matters anyway.
Harrison and Mondelli's program collected e-mail addresses and Internet Protocol addresses, prosecutors said. Such information could have been used by stalkers trying to locate MySpace users, said Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey A. McGrath.
The men sold access to several versions of the code to computer users, who could then apply it to their own MySpace profiles. That type of traffic monitoring violates MySpace's rules.
The men boasted they had around 85,000 registered users of their tracking program, but investigators have not determined how much information users were able to cull, McGrath said.
Unauthorised computer access indicates that they are the ones using the script - to me it seems that it's their customers who should answer that charge. I think the judge realised that and hence the low fine etc.
There is a big difference between telling you how to break into a house and actually doing it!
Now associating that with someone's username and even further email address would definitely be a naughty hack that I can't figure out off the top of my head.
Myspace is insane. I only go there to shake my head in wonder from time to time and run away.