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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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By seeker353 on 8/18/2011 10:19:20 AM , Rating: 5
The guy has enough forethought to use more-or-less anonymous public internet access, but at the same time, is idiotic enough to use his credit card to pay for a burger at the same location...

RE: Facepalm
By kittypuncher on 8/18/2011 10:36:49 AM , Rating: 3
It was a McGriddle, so it was kind of early and he wasn't thinking too well.

RE: Facepalm
By cjohnson2136 on 8/18/2011 10:39:25 AM , Rating: 1
What he said of done is found someone using WEP for the security on there wireless AP, crack it, and set them up lol.

RE: Facepalm
By Camikazi on 8/18/2011 2:31:34 PM , Rating: 2
Or just find any random D-Link router (if the name is dlink it is default and no password most likely) and use that.

RE: Facepalm
By MrBlastman on 8/18/2011 2:50:56 PM , Rating: 1
And torch the laptop he used afterwards (that he bought on craigslist with cash) to prevent them from tracing the MAC address back to him.

RE: Facepalm
By Camikazi on 9/9/2011 10:33:04 AM , Rating: 2
There are programs that let you change the MAC address on your network cards :)

RE: Facepalm
By Flunk on 8/18/2011 11:12:34 AM , Rating: 3
He also forgot to use Tor, they wouldn't even have found the McDonalds if he'd used that.

RE: Facepalm
By inperfectdarkness on 8/18/2011 10:28:37 PM , Rating: 3
god bless tor.

RE: Facepalm
By Jeffk464 on 8/18/2011 8:21:59 PM , Rating: 2
I guess nobody saw the jason born movies. :)

no cell phones, no credit cards. Just basic crime/espionage stuff here.

Of course their was an LA County Sheriff's deputy dumb enough to have his cell phone on and on him when he torched his car because he couldn't afford the payments.

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