An IT manager who pleaded guilty to hacking into his previous employer's computer network using a rival company’s equipment has been sentenced to five months in prison in the US.
The man admitted to gaining unauthorised access and recklessly damaging the computer system of Manufacturing Electronic Sales Corporation (MESC), of Santa Clara, California.
He also admitted to obstructing justice when he later tried to destroy evidence of his computer crimes.
The IT manager hacked into MESC’s computer system by using a computer at his new employer Centaur, a rival of MESC’s, based in Irvine, California. He was previously the IT manager and then the network manager at MESC.
The man admitted that he had downloaded a proprietary database, read the e-mail account of the company president, and deleted data from MESC’s servers.
He also admitted to obstructing justice by deleting data from his new employer's computers in an effort to destroy evidence of his computer intrusion.
In addition to prison, the convicted man will also have to serve five months home detention and pay £25,000 in compensation.