Breach, Data Security, Network Security

Year in prison for disgruntled former IT admin

A former senior database administrator at a Houston-based electric provider, who was fired three months before he hacked into the corporate network to steal personal data belonging to 150,000 customers, has been sentenced to a year in prison. According to published reports, Steven Kim, 40, was fired from his job at Gexa Electricity in January 2008. Three months later, he broke into the energy company's database to download files, containing customer data such as names, Social Security and driver's license numbers, billing addresses and birth dates. He also received three years probation and must repay his former employer $100,000. — DK

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