Programmer Arrested for Allegedly Hacking Into Former Employer's Network

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Software programmer Michael Meneses was recently arrested and charged with hacking into the computer network of his former employer, a company that manufactures high-voltage power supplies, and causing more than $90,000 in damage (h/t E Hacking News).

According to the criminal complaint, Meneses was employed at the company until January 2012 as a software programmer and system manager focused on developing and customizing the software used to run the company's business operations.

The complaint states that Meneses resigned from the company in December 2011, giving two weeks' notice, after complaining about being passed over for promotions.

After his network access was terminated, he allegedly spent three weeks hacking into the network and sabotaging the company's business.

He allegedly stole former colleagues' user names and passwords, then e-mailed job applicants from a former colleague's e-mail account, discouraging them from taking his former job. He also allegedly altered the company's business calendar by one month, causing disruptions to its production and finance operations.

If convicted, Meneses faces up to 10 years in prison, along with a $250,000 fine and restitution.

"Bent on revenge, the defendant exploited his access and his technical know-how to sabotage his former employer," FBI Assistant Director in Charge George C. Venizelos said in a statement. "As alleged, he caused significant disruption and monetary damage. The FBI is committed to vigorous enforcement of laws governing computer intrusions."