Sadly, we can add a couple more names to a long list of disgruntled ex-employees who sought revenge by breaching their ex-employers’ computer systems. I hope this does not become a trend, and that these sentences and fines will discourage others who feel the effects of the too slowly recovering economy. Employers should be mindful of the fact that employes’ lives can be profoundly impacted by their “strategic” and “business” decisions. Employees should realize that they must move on, that revenge is a dish best served cold, and the best dish to serve is success with another firm.
Ismael Alvirez, a Texas man who worked for an engineering firm for more than seven years, has been sentenced to five years of probation, one year of home confinement, ordered to pay restitution of $16,600 and a $5,000 fine after he breached the server and deleted sensitive files which contained proprietary reports related to oil and natural gas wells. The FBI tracked Alvarez down by the IP address used to gain the illegal access. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/06/fired_employee_revenge_hack/
A California woman has been sentenced to 60 days home detention, a year of probation, was also ordered to pay $20,747 in restitution and a $2,000 fine for breaching the mail system of a former employer and posting confidential company documents to public websites. She retaliated against the company after being fired August 2009. Shao had access to two employee email accounts for months following her dismissal, using them to post confidential information to websites such as sacramentograpevine.com and hostedpbxproviders.com. Ming Shao pleaded guilty to one count of felony computer intrusion. Her postings gave her away. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/01/sacked_employee_sentenced/
A former employee of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, Theresa Glass, was ordered to pay over US$9,000 in restitution and given five years’ probation for using an employee’s password to access her ex-employer’s computer systems. She plead guilty to accessing the systems twice from her home in 2008, using the password of an employee, downloading around 160 customer files and corrupted two other files. http://www.securecomputing.net.au/News/249909,two-women-sentenced-for-hacking-exemployers.aspx?