Friday, September 28, 2007

Cox Telecom Worker Pleads Guilty To Sabotage, Crashing Service

Sharon Gaudin writes on InformationWeek:

A Cox Communications employee pleaded guilty to hacking into the telecom's computer system, knocking out service in several parts of the country.

William Bryant, 38, of Norcross, Ga., faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the May 6 incident. The U.S. Attorney's Office reported that his attack crashed sections of the company's system, causing the loss of computer and telecommunications services for Cox customers throughout Dallas, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge. The outage included emergency 9-1-1 services.

Cox technicians reportedly restored service within hours.

More here.


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