Hacker Gets Jail Time, Hefty Fine for Revenge on Former Employer

Hacker Gets Jail Time, Hefty Fine for Revenge on Former Employer

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A former IT employee hacked into the computer database of the people who fired her and was ordered to pay $17k in damages.

Patricia Marie Fowler was fired from the Suncoast Community Health Centers in Ruskin, FL on March 13, 2009. She was supposedly insubordinate and didn't follow the instructions of her superiors. Fowler was the computer systems manager for three years, and she decided to use her computer expertise and insider knowledge to take revenge on her employers. Four days after she was fired, Fowler hacked into the computer system of the health center, which provides health care for low-income residents. While she was in the system, she changed payroll and vacation-time information, the password to the company firewall and the location of files. This week, she was sentenced to 18 months in prison and was ordered to pay $17,243.01, which was the estimate of how much damage she caused.

The crazy part is that Fowler did all of this in order to extort her employer for a severance package and a glowing reference letter, as well as a statement that firing her violated company policy. Once the FBI became involved and interviewed her, Fowler admitted that she was the person who had committed the intrusion.

I don't know about you, but it doesn't seem to make sense to hack into your old company's database to screw with information, and then contact them to get a reference letter or teh hackzors will continue. Something about that plan seems awry. I can't quite put my finger on it ...

Oh yeah, it's stupid. Fowler deserves her time in federal prison, if only for failing to watch and understand Office Space. There's no conjugal visits in federal prison.

Source: IT News and Tampa Tribune

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Ah, tales of the stupid. Nothing else seems to brighten up a day quite as much.

Ah, Blackmail. Always seems like a much better idea at the time doesn't it?

Revenge leads to Anger, Anger leads to Harm, Harm leads to the Dark Side! (or the secret location of the Director(NOLF ref.))

there's a saying in spanish that goes like this:

"la venganza nunca es buena, mata el alma y la envenena."

Morality: Vengeance is BAD!

lol they just laid a guy off where i work we came in the next day and the warehouse was flooded wonder if any letters will follow

So while she gets her 'revenge' by messing with and locking everyone out of the system, some random person with a bad heart or cancer that's close to losing their house has to wait a few extra months to get treated because the people taking care of his health care couldn't access their computers.

Clearly she needs time to think about her actions.

This is what would have been the best punishment


Just for the lulz...

The new generation (which I'm part of) seem to have such a sense of entitlement and stories like this just help reinforce that. The "I shouldn't have to pay dues and should be put on top even thought I just started here" mentality needs to end.

What an idiot! If she had any common sense and rationality, she should have done it a while after she got fired. Not 4 days!

You have to make it not so obvious if you want to get true revenge and not get caught. And sending a letter to your old boss with the pretty much obvious suggestion that you did it? Doesn't anyone know secrecy anymore?!

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Oh wait... crap... =P

Poor little bitch, all she wanted was something that looks good at a job interview. Unfortunately, prison time for extorting a community health centre after they fired you for being a shitty employee looks just awful to a potential employer. Just awful.

Yeah...Great idea. There is no way that it could fail in anyway.[Sarcasm off]

If you are that stupid you deserve to go to jail.

I bet that 1 cent is SUPER IMPORTANT!

bdcjacko:
The new generation (which I'm part of) seem to have such a sense of entitlement and stories like this just help reinforce that. The "I shouldn't have to pay dues and should be put on top even thought I just started here" mentality needs to end.

I agree. It is why I think we should reinstate the draft. Nothing removes entitlement faster then the boot of a good Drill Sargent.

Gilhelmi:

bdcjacko:
The new generation (which I'm part of) seem to have such a sense of entitlement and stories like this just help reinforce that. The "I shouldn't have to pay dues and should be put on top even thought I just started here" mentality needs to end.

I agree. It is why I think we should reinstate the draft. Nothing removes entitlement faster then the boot of a good Drill Sargent.

Not only that, but it would give young people something real to be angry over instead of all of this fapping about and posing ironically and trolling. It is hard to troll for lulz when you are making your bed and doing push ups.

I can fully understand the impulse to be a dick to a former employer, there is a reason they change the passwords and deactivate your accounts before you even leave the building for the last time, but honestly if I was going to do something like that I wouldn't tell anyone about it. FFS.

Edited because I can't read:

...she's just a not very bright and angry unemployed person.

So she hacked them and then told them it was her? I can guess why she was actually fired.

(Hint: It's because she's an idiot)

Fun fact to the guys complaining about young people: This woman was 30. Not even close to the generation of young kids. Please stop stereotyping my generation, we do not appreciate it.

For being a hacker she sure is fucking retarded. When is this Schrödinger's concept going to be abolished?

Well, she was obviously smart, but only in a very specialised sense.

That's not acceptable, obviously.

Though, if it had been me, I would have changed the passwords on the datebase on the day I left, just for the laughs. It seems an awful lot of trouble to go to to hack into the database later, just for that.

Orcus_35:
Revenge leads to Anger, Anger leads to Harm, Harm leads to the Dark Side! (or the secret location of the Director(NOLF ref.))

there's a saying in spanish that goes like this:

"la venganza nunca es buena, mata el alma y la envenena."

Morality: Being a complete dumbass is BAD!

Fixed that for you.

She was obviously not a black belt in the black arts of blackmail.

Keepitclean:

Orcus_35:
Revenge leads to Anger, Anger leads to Harm, Harm leads to the Dark Side! (or the secret location of the Director(NOLF ref.))

there's a saying in spanish that goes like this:

"la venganza nunca es buena, mata el alma y la envenena."

Morality: Being a complete dumbass is BAD!

Fixed that for you.

She was obviously not a black belt in the black arts of blackmail.

nice one ! plus, it's all catchy and all !

Gilhelmi:

bdcjacko:
The new generation (which I'm part of) seem to have such a sense of entitlement and stories like this just help reinforce that. The "I shouldn't have to pay dues and should be put on top even thought I just started here" mentality needs to end.

I agree. It is why I think we should reinstate the draft. Nothing removes entitlement faster then the boot of a good Drill Sargent.

Not necessarily. I did 4 years Army, two tours in Iraq and I'm still a stubborn bitch who humors the occasional moment of entitlement! =D

"and then contact them to get a reference letter or teh hackzors will continue."

Because at that point there's absolutely no way it's obvious you're the one doing the hacking. I find it odd that some people are smart enough to hack but lack the most rudimentary common sense. When it's all said and done part of me can sympathize, some employers need to have revenge taken against them. But what a dumbass. When I got fired from my last job all I did was tell my boss that the book she was writing sucks...and believe me, it did. It was like if twilight took place in Narnia. I think she shed a tear.

No conjugal visits eh? I say it won't bother her too much because she'll be spending her time getting fresh in a prison cot.....with justice

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Pictured: Justice

TheSkaAssassin:
I bet that 1 cent is SUPER IMPORTANT!

tha'ts what I was thinking.

SadisticPretzel:

Gilhelmi:

bdcjacko:
The new generation (which I'm part of) seem to have such a sense of entitlement and stories like this just help reinforce that. The "I shouldn't have to pay dues and should be put on top even thought I just started here" mentality needs to end.

I agree. It is why I think we should reinstate the draft. Nothing removes entitlement faster then the boot of a good Drill Sargent.

Not necessarily. I did 4 years Army, two tours in Iraq and I'm still a stubborn bitch who humors the occasional moment of entitlement! =D

Yes but only an 'occasional moment' unlike others who feel entitled every moment

O.o why would you contact them..... run and hide ftw \o/

I wouldn't exactly call it hacking, she didn't have to override any sort of security measures since she knew all the passwords. As well since she went in there specifically to destroy things that would classify her as a Phreaker or Phreak. Hackers are more akin to ninja ... no evidence .. you aren't supposed to know when you've been hacked.

Good luck finding another job in your industry.

 

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