Friday, April 11, 2008

Home Confinement for Technician Who Tampered with California Power Grid

An AP newswire article, via, reports that:

A computer technician has been sentenced to six months of home confinement for tampering with California's electric grid.

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].

More here.


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