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    IDG News: Database admin sentenced for hacking employer’s network

    IDG News reports on another case of an insider abusing his access privileges to cause privacy and security problems:

    A former senior database administrator at a Houston electricity provider was sentenced Tuesday to one year in prison for hacking into his former employer’s computer network, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

    Steven Jinwoo Kim, 40, of Houston, pleaded guilty on Nov. 16 to one count of intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization and recklessly causing damage. Kim had worked at Gexa Energy until February 2008, when he was fired as senior database administrator, the DOJ said in a press release. […]

    On April 30, 2008, after he was fired, Kim used his home computer to connect to Gexa’s computer network and to a database containing information on about 150,000 Gexa customers, the DOJ said. […]

    Kim also copied and saved to his home computer a database file containing personal information on the Gexa customers, including their names, billing addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and drivers license numbers.

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