Feeds

Sysadmin stole co-worker IDs for Amazon survey splurge

Scammer to the slammer

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

A California IT worker has been jailed for a year for stealing confidential data to make money by completing online health surveys.

Cam Giang, 31, a former worker at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, used the names, birthdays and Social Security numbers of other hospital workers to complete online surveys, earning vouchers from Amazon worth $100 each time in the process.

Giang completed 382 surveys between January and April this year before the firm running the promotion, StayWell Health Management, received complaints from UCSF workers that were unable to apply for the promo, IDG reports.

Its investigation revealed that Giang had already completed surveys in the names of his co-workers. UCSF promptly fired Giang, a five-year veteran of its IT department. It also notified 486 workers that their information had been accessed without authorisation.

Defence lawyers argued that Giang never got around to cashing in the 218 vouchers (total value $21,800) that he made through the scheme. They also argued that the victims of the scam suffered damages only to the extent of failing to benefit from StayWell's marketing surveys. The personal data accessed by Giang was not applied to obtain loans under false pretences or for other more malign purposes.

Giang pleaded guilty to wire fraud and ID theft charges in July prior to his sentencing before Judge Jeremy Fogel of the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday. ®

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

More from The Register

next story
Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables
Why mess with armoured 10kV cables when land-based, and legal, snoop tools are easier?
Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM
Anyone claiming to know before tomorrow is telling porkies
Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks
Intel bods' analysis concludes 'no significant change' after whistle was blown
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab
Be afeared, me hearties, these scoundrels be spying our signals
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
China hacked US Army transport orgs TWENTY TIMES in ONE YEAR
FBI et al knew of nine hacks - but didn't tell TRANSCOM
Microsoft to patch ASP.NET mess even if you don't
We know what's good for you, because we made the mess says Redmond
NORKS ban Wi-Fi and satellite internet at embassies
Crackdown on tardy diplomatic sysadmins providing accidental unfiltered internet access
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.