Former IT Manager Sentenced to One Year in Prison For Hacking Former Employer

A California man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for hacking into his former employer’s computer system and giving spammers access to the mail server.

Steven Barnes was also ordered to pay a fine of over $54,000. Prosecutors say Barnes hacked into Akimno Systems’ network, turned the mail server into a massive open relay which sent out so much spam that the company’s email service was restricted, deleted its Microsoft Exchange data base, and compromised core boot files. Barnes pleaded guilty to the charges.

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