We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
78,821 News Articles

Former IT worker used skills for hacking

Andrew Madrid faces up to 12 years in prison

A former network administrator US has pleaded guilty to hacking and ID theft charges.

Andrew Madrid now faces up to 12 years in prison after using his IT skills to pull off a variety of crimes between September 2006 and March 2008.

"This was one of the most sophisticated computer crimes our office has prosecuted," said Ben Field, a deputy district attorney in Santa Clara in the US.

"There's computer intrusion in the first place, there's the introduction of spyware, there's the theft of proprietary data from a computer network, and sometimes the destruction of proprietary data from a computer network."

One of Madrid's victims was his former employer. Madrid destroyed data on the company's servers in the hope that "they would ask him to come back and fix the very problem that he created."

Madrid would often use his neighbour's open wireless networks and even posed as a security guard or an IT person, to enter premises late at night looking for laptops and other computer equipment to steal.

"He had a good eye for what was valuable," Field said.

If stopped by company employees, "he would talk to them as if he was completely justified in being there", Field said. "Like he was an IT person doing some work or a security guard making sure the place was secure."

"Being a former network administrator, he could talk the talk as an IT guy," he added.

See also: Prison sentence for phisher who stole £400k and British hacker faces 15 years in prison

Visit Security Advisor for the latest internet threat news, FREE net threat email newsletters, and internet security product reviews


IDG UK Sites

Android One vs Android Silver vs Google Nexus: What is the difference?

IDG UK Sites

Apple updates MacBook Pro line-up: Price cuts & spec boosts for 6 MacBook Pro models

IDG UK Sites

Long live the internet fridge: the Internet of Things is coming

IDG UK Sites

How Prometheus' colourist Juan Ignacio Cabrera gave a tense, edgy feel to Chosen