[ISN] Man arrested for allegedly shutting down employers' computers

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Date: Mon Feb 24 2003 - 03:15:38 PST

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    February 21, 2003
    LOS ANGELES - A former network administrator for a pair of airport 
    transportation companies was arrested for allegedly hacking into a 
    computer system and eliminating the customer database, authorities 
    Alan Giang Tran, 28, of Fountain Valley was arrested Thursday after a 
    criminal complaint was filed in federal court against him earlier in 
    the week. The complaint accuses Tran of intentionally causing damage 
    to a protected computer and recklessly causing damage by intentionally 
    accessing a protected computer. 
    Tran was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned 
    March 17. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in federal prison. 
    Authorities said Tran wiped out critical data, including a customer 
    database, the companies' Web site and other records over a two-week 
    period in December and January. Passwords on the computer server were 
    changed and software applications were deleted. Other employees were 
    unable to use their computers, which meant that Airline Coach Service 
    and Sky Limousine were unable to dispatch drivers to pick up clients, 
    authorities said. The companies lost thousands of dollars in business 
    because of the computer problems. 
    Federal investigators searched Tran's home last week and found several 
    computers, a folder marked "retaliation" and information about the 
    companies' computer systems. 
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