Indiana man charged with hacking

A Columbus man was charged Monday in federal court with hacking into the systems of his former employer.

Patrick Angle, 34, was charged with one count of intentionally damaging a protected computer belonging to Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Massachusetts.

The charge alleges that Angle, who worked for Varian first in Gloucester and then from his home in Indiana, became disgruntled with the company because in September 2003 he was told that his contract would be terminated a month later.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, on September 17, 2003, Angle logged into Varian's server from his home in Indiana and intentionally deleted the source code for the e-commerce software he and others had been developing.

He then covered his tracks by editing and deleting some of the logs of computer activity on the server and by changing the server's root password to make it difficult for other Varian employees to log onto the server and assess and repair the damage, the statement said.

Although Varian was ultimately able to recover the deleted material from backup systems, the recovery effort cost the company US$26,455, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

If convicted, Angle faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, a fine of up to US$250,000 and restitution, according to the statement.

Angle's Indiana attorney couldn't be reached for comment.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Linda Rosencrance

Computerworld
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?