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Man Sentenced Over Computer Attacks

A 19-year-old Michigan man who ran an Internet business selling retro sports jerseys was sentenced Friday to 30 months in federal prison for recruiting a New Jersey teen to carry out computer attacks against competitors.

Jason Salah Arabo was also ordered to pay $504,495 to his victims, which included operators of competing Web sites as well as an Internet hosting company.

Arabo, of Southfield, Mich., pleaded guilty in April to a federal conspiracy charge.

He acknowledged that in 2004 he ran Web-based companies http://www.customleader.com and http://www.jerseydomain.com . Arabo said he used online instant message conversations to recruit Jasmine Singh of Edison, N.J., who was 16 at the time, to electronically bombard other throwback jersey Web sites -- including New Jersey-based http://www.jersey-joe.com .

Throwback jerseys are styled after classic team sports attire and are sought after by fans and the fashion-conscious.

In July of 2004, Singh carried out attacks aimed at computer servers supporting the competitor Web sites, disabling the sites.

Prosecutors said Arabo gave Singh some historical sports jerseys and pricey sneakers as payment.

Singh's attacks stopped six months later when FBI agents and state police investigators searched his home and seized his computer.

Singh pleaded guilty in August 2005 as an adult in state Superior Court to two counts of computer theft. He was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $35,000 in restitution.

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