Fired techie created virtual chaos at pharma company

A former IT staffer has pleaded guilty to using a secret vSphere console to wipe company servers

By Robert McMillan, IDG News, August 16, 2011

Logging in from a Smyrna, Georgia, McDonald’s restaurant, a former employee of a U.S. pharmaceutical company was able to wipe out most of the company’s computer infrastructure earlier this year. Jason Cornish, 37, formerly an IT staffer at the U.S. subsidiary of Japanese drug-maker Shionogi, pleaded guilty Tuesday to computer intrusion charges in connection with the attack on Feb. 3, 2011. He wiped out 15 VMware host systems that were running e-mail, order tracking, financial and other services for the Florham Park, New Jersey, company. “The Feb. 3 attack effectively froze Shionogi’s operations for a number of days, leaving company employees unable to ship product, to cut checks, or even to communicate via e-mail,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in court filings. Total cost to Shionogi: US$800,000.  http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9219260/Fired_techie_created_virtual_chaos_at_pharma_company?taxonomyId=17

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