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IT System Manager Arrested for Hacking his Former Employer

Long Island Software Programmer Arrested For Hacking Into Network Of High-Voltage Power Manufacturer

According to the complaint, until January 2012, Michael Meneses was employed at the victim company as a software programmer and system manager specializing in developing and customizing the software that the company used to run its business operations. A specialist in “enterprise resource planning” who had worked at the victim company for years, Meneses was one of two employees who were primarily responsible for ensuring that the software that drove the company’s manufacturing business – including its production planning, purchasing, and inventory control – operated efficiently. Meneses’s responsibilities gave him high-level access to the company’s computer network.

As alleged in the complaint, Meneses, who had voiced displeasure at having been passed over for promotions, tendered his resignation from the victim company in late December 2011, giving two weeks’ notice. After his network access was terminated, Meneses launched a three-week campaign to inflict damage on the company by gaining unauthorized access to its network and sabotaging the company’s business. Meneses employed various high-tech methods to hack into the victim company’s network and steal his former colleagues’ security credentials, including writing a program that captured user log-in names and passwords. Meneses then used the security credentials of at least one former colleague to remotely access the network via a virtual private network (VPN) from Meneses’s home and from a hotel located near his new employer, corrupting the network. Meneses’s efforts ranged from using a former colleague’s email account to discourage new applicants from taking Meneses’s position, to sending commands to alter the business calendar by one month, disrupting the company’s production and finance operations. The victim company suffered over $90,000 in damages as a result of Meneses’s intrusions

Source: Press Release US District Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of NY



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