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US government systems auditor faces jail for spying on boss

Antony Savvas

A former IT system auditor for a US government agency is facing a five-year prison sentence for spying on his boss.

Kenneth Kwak, 34, of Virginia, is on a computer hacking charge after secretly monitoring his boss’s e-mail and computer use at the US Department of Education's Office of Inspector General.

Kwak has pleaded guilty to unauthorised access to a protected computer, in a case brought by the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

A former auditor dealing in federal information security management audits, Kwak is said to have placed software on his supervisor's computer, enabling him to access the computer at will, the DoJ said.

Kwak is said to have used the secretly installed software to view e-mail and internet activity, as well as other communications. He is also said to have shared the information with others in his office, according to the DoJ.

As well as a maximum five year’s prison, Kwak also faces a fine of up to $250,000 (£145,000).

Kwak is said to have monitored his boss’s computer purely for entertainment, and not for financial gain, the DoJ said.

 


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