Steven Jinwoo Kim, a former database administrator for GEXA Energy in Houston, Texas, was sentenced last week to 12 months in prison for hacking into his former employer's computer network and causing damage after he was terminated in 2008. In addition, Kim was ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution to GEXA.
According to a Justice Department press release:
According to court documents, on Feb. 5, 2008, GEXA Energy terminated Kim from his position as a senior database administrator and revoked all his administrative rights and access to the GEXA Energy computer network. In pleading guilty, Kim admitted that in the early hours of April 30, 2008, he used his home computer to connect to the GEXA Energy computer network and a database that contained information on approximately 150,000 GEXA Energy customers. While connected to the computer network, Kim recklessly caused damage to the computer network and the customer database by inputting various Oracle database commands. Kim also copied and saved to his home computer a database file containing personal information on the GEXA Energy customers, including names, billing addresses, social security numbers, dates of birth and drivers license numbers. According to court documents, Kim’s actions caused a $100,000 loss to GEXA Energy.
Read the press release