[ISN] Firm sues ex-employees over hacking

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Date: Tue Jun 25 2002 - 04:44:22 PDT

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    June 25, 2002
    A former employee of Near North Insurance Brokerage Inc. was sued by
    the firm Monday in federal court, accused of illegally accessing tens
    of thousands of the firm's private e-mails and providing their
    contents to competitors.
    The Chicago brokerage firm has asked the U.S. attorney's office and
    FBI to launch an investigation. The lawsuit seeks $645,000 in damages.
    Company Chairman Fred Foreman said in a news release that none of the
    customers' records were tampered with or modified.
    Two other former Near North employees allegedly were involved in the
    scheme and were named as co-defendants.
    Near North employees discovered the alleged hacking in May. The
    lawsuit contends that three days after David Cheley was let go at Near
    North, he improperly got into Near North's computer eight times.
    In September he began a new job and repeatedly accessed Near North's
    computer system over several months. The lawsuit contends that from
    March 12 to April 17 Cheley accessed 20,000 Near North e-mail messages
    marked "important" or "confidential" or "urgent," the lawsuit said.
    The content of the e-mails was given to Near North's competitors,
    potential business partners and organizations involved in litigation
    against the company, according to the complaint.
    Cheley could not be reached for comment. Also named in the lawsuit
    were Craig Jongsma and Douglas Sikora, who couldn't be reached for
    comment either. A spokesman said both employees knew they were going
    to lose their jobs before the hacking was discovered. The lawsuit
    accuses Sikora of withholding telephone records that linked Cheley to
    the scheme.
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