Home Confinement for Technician Who Tampered with California Power Grid
An AP newswire article, via SFGate.com, reports that:
A computer technician has been sentenced to six months of home confinement for tampering with California's electric grid.More here.
A federal judge also ordered Lonnie Denison of Sacramento to pay $34,163 restitution.
Dennison pushed an emergency shut-off button at the California Independent System Operator's data center in Folsom a year ago, crashing the computers the state uses to buy and sell energy.
The two-hour shutdown did not cause any blackouts because it happened on a Sunday. Grid operators said it could have disrupted the western United States' power grid if the shut-off occurred during normal business hours.
Denison, 33, who worked under contract at the data center, was upset with his employer, San Diego-based Science Applications International Corporation [SAIC].