Threat Management, Network Security

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

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

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

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

Bradley Barth

As director of community content at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for SC Media online conferences and events, as well as video/multimedia projects. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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