Friday, December 15, 2006

Man Gets Jail Time for Disrupting Wireless Internet Services

Grant Gross writes on InfoWorld:

A Utah man who brought down the wireless Internet services offered by a former employer has been sentenced to two years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday.

Ryan Fisher, 24, of Vernal, Utah, caused 170 customers of SBT Internet and another carrier to lose their wireless Internet connections for up to three weeks, the DOJ said. One customer was relying on e-mail for news of an organ donor, the DOJ said.

Judge Paul G. Cassell of the U.S. District Court for Utah also sentenced Fisher to three years of probation on the charge of intentionally damaging a protected computer. Fisher, a former employee of SBT, must also pay $65,000 in restitution, the DOJ said. Fisher was charged on Feb. 16.

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