A Boca Raton man was sentenced for his role in a computer hacking scheme that hijacked customer email accounts to send “spam” emails and generated more than $1.3 million in illegal profits, federal officials said Thursday.
Timothy Livingston, 31, was sentenced to 48 months in prison before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini of the District of New Jersey. Livingston pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with computers and access devices, conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with electronic mail and aggravated identity theft.
From 2011, Livingston operated A Whole Lot of Nothing LLC. Clients included legitimate businesses, such as insurance companies that wished to send bulk emails, as well as illegal entities, such as online pharmacies that sold narcotics without prescriptions, U.S. officials said.
Livingston admitted he hacked into individual email accounts and used corporate mail servers to send out huge amounts of spam without identifying himself as the sender, according to prosecutors.