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A former support admin was sentenced to one year in prison after admitting he shut down the servers of a large IT company a few months after his employment ended there.

Lesmany Nunez, 30, was an employee at Quantum Technology Partners in Miami from August 2006 to May 2007. Amazingly, he was able to breach the company's network security in August 2007 using an administrator password, according to documents filed in federal court in Miami.

The former employee proceeded to change the passwords of all the IT admins and then shut down most of the company's servers. He also deleted files that could have used backup tapes to repair some of the damage. The attack shut down Quantum's network for almost a week, wreaking more than $30,000 in damages, prosecutors said.

Nunez was ultimately fingered by tracing activity on Quantum's computer to Nunez's home computer. Additional evidence was found in a search of his home. ®

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