[ISN] Old Bridge computer specialist charged with threatening to have ex-employer's system hacked

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 04:01:51 -0600 (CST)

Staff Writer
November 10, 2008

A computer specialist, laid off Wednesday, Nov. 5, from a mutual fund 
company, was arrested Monday by federal agents at his home in Old Bridge 
after allegedly threatening to use hackers in Belarus to vandalize the 
company's computer system.

Viktor Savtyrev, 29, was charged with attempting to extort money from 
New York-based Third Avenue Management to get a better severance 

Savtyrev, a Russian national, appeared in U.S. District Court, Newark 
before Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz. She ordered Savtyrev held until a 
bail hearing, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13.

His attorney, Robert Stahl of Westfield, said Savtyrev did not intend to 
damage the company's system.

"At the end of the day this is someone who was under a great deal of 
financial stress who said some inappropriate things but did not have the 
intention or the ability to carry anything out," Stahl said.

A spokeswoman for Third Avenue Management said the company's systems 
have been checked for any problems and deemed safe.


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