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Houston hacker gets a year's porridge
Category : General 07 Jul 2010 10:33 AM | Industry News
Steven Jinwoo Kim, 40, was fired from his position of senior database administrator at GEXA Energy, a Houston retail electric utility provider, in February 2008. Two months later Kim managed to obtain access to his former employer's computer network, despite having his credentials revoked at the time of his departure.
According to authorities, during this intrusion, he intentionally caused damage to the GEXA Energy Management System (GEMS) database, which houses billing information, by sending malicious commands. He also downloaded a database table which contained identification information like names, dates of birth, Social Security Numbers, billing addresses and driver license numbers for 150,000 of the company's customers.
Kim had been terminated from his job at Gexa as a senior database administrator in February 2008, according to court documents. During his guilty plea, Kim admitted to using his home computer a couple months later to access Gexa’s computer network and database with the intention of causing damage to the network. He was also found to have copied and saved customer information on his home computer.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Vanessa Gilmore of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas ordered Kim to pay $100,000 in restitution to Gexa Energy.
The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Thomas Dukes of the Criminal Division's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, and by Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Bret Davis representing the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas. The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.
TAGS : Hacking, Legal, DOJ.