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Jason Cornish faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000

A former IT employee at the U.S. subsidiary of Japanese drug maker Shionogi has been arrested after crippling the company's computer infrastructure for revenge.

Jason Cornish, 37, of Smyrna, Georgia, was an information technology employee at Shionogi up until he resigned in September 2010. According to reports, he resigned because of company layoffs that would affect his former supervisor and a close friend.

On February 3, 2011, Cornish went to a Smyrna McDonald's during the early morning hours and gained unauthorized access to Shionogi's computer network. He did so by using a Shionogi user account to access a Shionogi server, and then used software he quietly installed on the server weeks earlier at his home.

Cornish then deleted the contents of 15 VMware hosts, which were used to run "the equivalent of 88 servers." By deleting these hosts, Cornish affected the company's order tracking system, financial management software and email and BlackBerry servers.

The company's business operations froze for days, costing Shionogi approximately $800,000.

"The Feb. 3 attack effectively froze Shionogi's operations for a number of days, leaving company employees unable to ship product, to cut checks or even to communicate via email," said the U.S. Department of Justice in court filings.

The FBI's Cyber Crimes Task Force was able to find that the attack originated from a computer connected to the Smyrna McDonald's wireless network. It also found that Cornish had used his credit card to make a purchase at that very same McDonald's the morning of the attack. In July 2011, Cornish was arrested near his Smyrna home by FBI agents.

Cornish plead guilty to the computer intrusion charges on Tuesday, and faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000. His sentencing is scheduled for November 10.

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Throw the book at him.
By MrTeal on 8/18/2011 10:05:37 AM , Rating: 1
I hope he gets the 10 years. People can claim that nothing was physically destroyed, but this guy did cause almost a million dollars in damages because he was pissed his friend was getting layed off. It's not a whole lots different than if he'd waited until after hours when everyone had gone home and torched a building.

RE: Throw the book at him.
By Philippine Mango on 8/18/11, Rating: -1
RE: Throw the book at him.
By Steve1981 on 8/18/2011 10:50:55 AM , Rating: 5

Malicious intent.

we have people ditching their underwater, no money down mortgages to the tune of hundreds of thousands or even close to a million dollars and the worst these people face is a hit to their credit history for the next 7 years....

The banks shouldn't have made the loan if the collateral (the house) wouldn't reasonably cover a default. It's a result of as much foolishness on their part as it was the homeowner.

RE: Throw the book at him.
By therealnickdanger on 8/18/2011 11:18:17 AM , Rating: 3
Ultimately, the government is responsible for backing and requiring those bad loans in the first place:

It's a somewhat long read, but only because it's a very complex issue.

RE: Throw the book at him.
By Steve1981 on 8/18/2011 1:13:07 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed; plenty of blame to go around though, and lots of stupidity at every level: the home buyer, the bank, the government, the ratings agencies that passed the resulting derivatives off as solid investments, etc.

RE: Throw the book at him.
By kleinma on 8/18/2011 11:50:32 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with the malicious intent, but housing prices have fallen so far, that a house bought for 1 million 8 years ago would probably sell for 500K or less in todays market, so its not entirely the banks fault. Of course plenty of banks gave mortgages to people who could no way afford them, so there is some blame to lay.

What pisses me off is I pay my mortgage (plus some extra principle) every single month on time, and all I get is a "thank you for your payment". People who aren't paying their mortgages at all are getting all kinds of assistance and help, and can live in their homes for years while foreclosure paperwork is done. I know someone who hasn't paid their mortgage in 2 years, but the bank wont take the house because the value has dropped so far, they don't even want it.

RE: Throw the book at him.
By Steve1981 on 8/18/2011 1:12:01 PM , Rating: 1
housing prices have fallen so far, that a house bought for 1 million 8 years ago would probably sell for 500K or less in todays market, so its not entirely the banks fault.

I'm of the opinion that they knew what was coming, or else should have known. It didn't take an economist to understand that a two bedroom townhouse in the outer burbs of San Francisco wasn't actually worth a million dollars. Or maybe it did...

RE: Throw the book at him.
By EricMartello on 8/19/2011 12:40:03 AM , Rating: 1
Sounds like you're one of idiots who actually believes there is some kind of moral obligation to repay loans...or you get mad since you do not know how to properly manage your finances - including when to file for bankruptcy.

A loan has specific terms and guidelines that dictate the type of recourse issuer of said loan has. In case of a mortgage, it is the bank's duty to assess the value of the property as collateral and determine if the level of "risk" is appropriate.

Businesses can and do "walk away" from debts just the same to protect their interests. Financially it is the SMARTEST thing to do if your revenues can no longer support the debt. You should never bend over backwards to make payments for credit cards, car loans or mortgages. On the priority totem pole they are last, and totally expendable. The highest would be basic necessities like food, water, medical care and shelter.

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