A Maryland man was sentenced to 12 months and someday in jail for hacking into and damaging the computer systems of his former employer.
From January 5, 2004, by means of August 6, 2015, the person, Shannon Stafford, 50, of Crofton, Maryland, was employed at an unnamed worldwide firm with 1000’s of places of work worldwide, within the IT division.
Employed on the firm’s Washington workplace, Stafford supplied IT technical help to the group’s Washington, McLean, Virginia, and Baltimore places of work. He had entry to the system login credentials of different workers and was licensed to make use of them for technical help.
The group supplied Stafford with a laptop computer in 2014 and, the identical 12 months, he was promoted to technical website lead for the Washington workplace, however was demoted in March 2015, attributable to efficiency points.
As these points continued, Stafford was fired on August 6, 2015, but he didn’t return the laptop computer that was supplied to him the 12 months earlier than.
On the identical day, proof reveals, he repeatedly tried to remotely entry the group’s community from that laptop computer, utilizing his credentials and people of a former co-worker. Two days later, utilizing the co-worker’s credentials, Stafford efficiently accessed the pc below his desk within the Washington workplace.
Leveraging the unauthorized entry, he erased all file storage drives utilized by the Washington workplace, then modified the credentials for the storage administration system.
“The deletion of the recordsdata brought about a extreme disruption to the corporate’s operations and the lack of some buyer and consumer information. Altering the password hindered the corporate’s efforts to find out what occurred and restore entry to its remaining recordsdata,” the Division of Justice introduced.
The corporate’s Washington customers had been unable to entry their recordsdata for roughly three days, till the corporate was capable of restore them from backups. Nonetheless, buyer and consumer information not included in the latest backup previous to Stafford’s actions was misplaced.
Throughout the next weeks, he unsuccessfully tried to remotely entry the group’s community from his residence a number of instances utilizing credentials that weren’t his, and wouldn’t cease even after an organization consultant requested him to stop and desist his makes an attempt.
On September 14, 2015, Stafford tried to entry the community file storage system on the firm’s Baltimore workplace, with the intent of erasing information, however failed as passwords had been modified following his intrusion on the Washington workplace.
Stafford’s actions resulted in precise losses of at the very least $38,270. His former employer additionally incurred authorized charges totaling $133,950, in addition to a charge of over $21,000 for a forensic investigation.
Along with jail time, Stafford was sentenced to a few years of supervised launch and was ordered to pay $193,258 in restitution.
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