Jersey man gets 30 months for sabotaging former employer's servers

Nikhil Nilesh Shah, 33, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for cyberattacking his former employer Smart Online.
Nikhil Nilesh Shah, 33, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for cyberattacking his former employer Smart Online.

The U.S. Department of Justice yesterday announced that Nikhil Nilesh Shah, 33, of Union, N.J., was sentenced to 30 months in prison for sending malicious code to the software company that formerly employed him as an information technology manager.

Shah had previously admitted to cyberattacking mobile application platform developer Smart Online Inc. in June 2012, shortly after leaving the Durham, N.C.-based company for a new job opportunity. According to the DOJ, the malicious code he sent to Smart Online's servers  deleted much of the company's intellectual property and caused at least $5,000 in damages.

Shah pleaded guilty to one count of causing the transmission of computer code. U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan of the Eastern District of North Carolina also ordered Shah to pay $324,462 in restitution.

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