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Google dismisses engineer who violated privacy policy

Google has dismissed an engineer who had access to its back-end systems after he violated the company's internal privacy policies. On Tuesday, Gawker reported that the engineer, David Barksdale, was dismissed in July after he accessed at least four user accounts. And Google later released a statement confirming the dismissal …
Cade Metz, 15 Sep 2010
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IT consultant gets 5 years for plundering $2m

A contractor who provided IT administration services to banks was sentenced to more than five years in prison this week after admitting he used his insider knowledge to plunder some $2m from four financial institutions. Zeldon Thomas Morris, 43, was ordered to serve 63 months in federal prison and pay restitution of a little …
Dan Goodin, 30 Apr 2010
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SF's rogue admin finally gets day in court

Terry Childs finally went to court yesterday, as prosecutors accused him of being a rogue employee who locked the San Francisco city government out of its own computer network. Childs' lawyers disputed this picture, saying he was a man who'd zealously guarded the network's security, and only flipped out because city officials …
Joe Fay, 15 Dec 2009
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IT admin charged in Xmas Eve rampage on charity

The former sysadmin for a Florida-based charity stands accused of ransacking the organization's servers and phone systems last Christmas eve, more than a year after his employment there ended. Luis Robert Altamarino, who had been given administrator access to the computer network of United Way Miami-Dade, breached the systems …
Dan Goodin, 7 Aug 2009
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Fired IT director admits $94k rampage on organ bank

A former technology director who was fired from a regional organ donation center in Texas has admitted to breaking into her former employer's network and destroying more than $94,000 worth of data. Danielle Duann, 51, of Houston admitted that in November 2005 she illegally accessed the network of LifeGift just hours after …
Dan Goodin, 1 May 2009
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Pink-slipped sysadmin admits to threatening ex-employer's network

A system administrator has admitted he threatened to cause extensive damage to his former employer's computer system after he was laid off. Viktor Savtyrev, 29, of Old Bridge, New Jersey, worked as a sysadmin for five years at an unnamed mutual fund company located in New York City that managed more than $15bn, according to …
Dan Goodin, 27 Apr 2009
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Web maven gives convicted botmaster keys to new kingdom

For the past four or five months, has entrusted its site to a security consultant who stole hundreds of thousands of bank passwords with a massive botnet, which he sometimes administered from his former employer's premisis. For most of that time, serial entrepreneur and Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis was in the dark …
Dan Goodin, 5 Mar 2009

Employee's silent rampage wipes out $2.5m worth of data

A Florida woman who believed she was about to get fired has been accused of deleting $2.5m worth of computer files to seek revenge on her employer. Jacksonville Sheriff's officials say Marie Lupe Cooley, 41, used her own account credentials to access the server of Steven E. Hutchins Architects and delete seven years' worth of …
Dan Goodin, 24 Jan 2008

Sysadmin jailed for 30 months over failed logic bomb

A former sysadmin at Medco Health Solutions, a US prescription management and health information firm, has been jailed for 30 months over a failed attempt to destroy its systems using a "logic bomb" computer virus. Yung-Hsun Lin, 51, of Montville, New Jersey, was sentenced this week after earlier pleading guilty to booby- …
John Leyden, 9 Jan 2008

Sysadmin admits trying to axe California power grid

A sysadmin last week pleaded guilty to attempting to disrupt the power grid in California by shutting down a data center that managed the state's electricity supply. Lonnie Charles Denison, 33, of South Natomas in California confessed to breaking a glass cover and pushing an emergency power off button at the Independent System …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2007
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US Navy malware infection risked submarine prang

An American contractor holding top-level security clearance has been convicted of sabotaging critical US Navy computers used for submarine traffic control. Richard F Sylvestre, from Massachusetts, installed malware on a computer network at the Italian HQ of the US 6th Fleet, America's standing taskforce in the Mediterranean. …
Lewis Page, 18 Apr 2007
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UBS logic bomber jailed for eight years

A disaffected former sysadmin at UBS Paine Webber was sentenced today to 97months without parole for unleashing a logic bomb on the company's network and causing $3m damage. Roger Duronio, 64, of Bogota, NJ who was found guilty of computer fraud in July was also ordered to make $3.1 million in restitution to UBS Paine Webber. …
Drew Cullen, 13 Dec 2006

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