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July 20, 2010

IT Administrator Gets A Year In Jail For Stealing, Damaging Data

by @ 8:08 am. Filed under News, Security/Firewalls

There are things that you should do if you are an IT administrator and there are things that you shouldn’t do. Here’s an example of things that you should never do…….and for obvious reasons.

“A former senior database administrator for GEXA Energy in Houston was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for hacking into his former employer’s computer network.

Steven Jinwoo Kim, 40, of Houston pleaded guilty in November to one count of intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization and recklessly causing damage. Kim was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore in the Southern District of Texas. Kim was also ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution to GEXA Energy and to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term.

According to court documents, on Feb. 5, 2008, GEXA Energy terminated Kim from his position as a senior database administrator and revoked all of his administrative rights and access to the GEXA Energy computer network.”

Read the rest of the story here on how he used his home PC to mess up the database of about 150,000 GEXA Energy customers and copied personal information of customers to his computer causing the company $100,000 worth of loss.

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