Alleged Ski.com hacker pleads not guilty
Vail, CO Colorado
DENVER, Colorado ” A former Aspen resident has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he hacked into a local booking agency’s servers and deleted reservations.
James M. DiBlasio entered his plea in the U.S. District Court in Denver, where a grand jury last month indicted him on 10 “introductory allegations” connected to breaking into Ski.com’s server.
DiBlasio, who worked as a sales representative for Aspen-based Ski.com from September 2004 to November 2006, lives in Indiana. The indictment claims he used a computer in Indiana to hack into Ski.com’s Denver server on Jan. 14 and Jan. 15.
During that time, he allegedly deleted airline reservations, altered contact information between Ski.com and the airlines with which it books reservations, and deleted electronic data that Ski.com used to review available reservations. Additionally, DiBlasio allegedly changed the profile Ski.com sent to airlines.
The indictment alleges that Ski.com suffered losses of more than $5,000 because DiBlasio “intentionally caused damage without authorization to a protected computer.”
He faces two charges of “unlawful access to protected computer” and eight counts of “intentional damage to protected computer,” according to the indictment. A conviction carries fines ranging between $100,000 and $250,000, and prison sentences between one and three years.
DiBlasio’s next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, according to an order filed Thursday by Judge Lewis T. Babcock. DiBlasio, who is being represented by Greenwood Village, Colo., attorney H. Michael Steinberg, currently is free on $10,000 bond, according to court records.
Ski.com, which is based at the Aspen Airport Business Center, launched in 1971 as Aspen Ski Tours, and used that name until 2000 when it bought the Ski.com domain name, according to its Web site. It has global presence, booking ski vacations at resorts in the U.S., South America, Canada and Europe.
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