[ISN] Ex-employee of Airport Transportation Company Guilty of Hacking into Company's Computer

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    April 18, 2003
    Ex-employee of Airport Transportation Company Guilty of Hacking into
    Company's Computer
    A man previously employed at the administrative and operations center
    of the Airline Coach Service and Sky Limousine Company in Inglewood
    pleaded guilty today to a federal charge of hacking into the
    companies' computer system and wiping out critical data. The hack
    wiped out the companies' customer database and other records and
    effectively shut down the companies' computer server, Internet-based
    credit card processing system, and website.
    Alan Giang Tran, 28, of Fountain Valley, pleaded guilty today in
    connection with the attack, before the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson,
    U.S. District Court Judge, to an information filed pursuant to a plea
    agreement, charging him with intentionally causing damage to a
    protected computer by knowingly causing the transmission of a program,
    information, code, or command, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 
    1030(a)(5)(A)(i) and (B)(i), a felony.
    According to court documents, Airline Coach Service and Sky Limousine
    are jointly owned companies with a combined gross annual revenue of
    approximately $8.5 million. Tran was the network administrator at the
    companies' facility in Inglewood, where he had administrator-level
    passwords and privileges for all of the companies' computer
    operations. Tran was recently terminated by the companies.
    On January 5, 2003, the companies' computer system was attacked;
    passwords on the system were changed and specialized software
    applications were deleted. Because employees could not use the
    computer system, the companies were unable to dispatch drivers to pick
    up clients and the companies suffered thousands of dollars in losses.
    Federal investigators executed a search warrant at Tran's home, where
    they found several computers, a file folder marked "retaliation" and
    information regarding the companies' computer systems.
    Tran was ordered to appear on July 28, 2003, for sentencing. The count
    to which Tran pled guilty carries a maximum possible sentence of 10
    years in federal prison.
    The case against Tran was investigated by the Federal Bureau of
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