Tuesday, August 4, 2015

DOD Insider Stole Classified Data from Military Computers

A Florida man, while working as a contract computer systems administrator, accessed a classified Department of Defense network without authorization and removed classified national defense information including intelligence reports and military plans. He has been sentenced to 120 months in prison.

Assistant Attorney General Carlin said "[The man] exploited his position as a cleared military contractor and systems administrator to steal classified U.S. military secrets. In doing so, he violated the unique trust placed in him by the Department of Defense. Insider threats by trusted employees who exploit computer access are a significant danger to U.S. national security and this sentencing shows it will not be tolerated.”

"Insider threats by trusted employees who exploit computer access are a significant danger to U.S. national security. "
- Assistant Attorney General Carlin
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Sources:
(a) Former DOD Contractor/Sysadmin Sentenced for Accessing and Removing Classified Information from Military Computers (updated) - www.DataBreaches.net, 08/01/2015

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