Hacker Launches Cyber Attack on Former Employer from McDonald's
August 18, 2011 9:55 AM
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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
, 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
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
near his Smyrna home by FBI agents.
Cornish plead guilty to the
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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RE: Throw the book at him.
8/19/2011 12:40:03 AM
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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