[ISN] Former Viewsonic employee hit with hacking charge

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Date: Fri Feb 07 2003 - 00:41:13 PST

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    [Another prime example of a company not deleting user privileges after 
    terminating an employee, only to be stung later.  - WK]
    Laurie Sullivan 
    February 6, 2003 
    A Viewsonic Corp. employee who was terminated early last year was
    arrested this morning on federal charges of hacking into the company's
    computer system and wiping out critical data that shut down a computer
    server central to the company's operations outside the United States.
    Andy Garcia, 39, Montebello, Calif., was arrested following an
    indictment returned on Jan. 28 by a Los Angeles federal grand jury.  
    The indictment accuses Garcia of unauthorized access to a protected
    computer and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
    Viewsonic, a computer monitor manufacturer with more than $1 billion
    in annual revenue, employed Garcia as a network administrator at the
    company's Walnut, Calif. office where he maintained computer servers
    and had access to system passwords for management employees.
    According to court documents, Garcia had allegedly accessed
    Viewsonic's computer system on April 14, 2002, approximately two weeks
    after he had been terminated, deleting critical files on a server he
    maintained while employed by the company. The loss of these files
    rendered the server inoperative, and Viewsonic's Taiwan office was
    unable to access important data for several days.
    Garcia is expected to make an initial appearance on the charges this
    afternoon in Los Angeles United States District Court. If convicted,
    he faces a maximum possible sentence of 15 years in federal prison.
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