Federal grand jury indicts engineer in $1M sabotage of computer system

Aug. 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A network engineer from Georgia has been indicted by a federal grand jury for sabotaging a West Virginia company's computer system, the Justice Department says.

Ricky Joe Mitchell, 34, of Mableton, Ga., is accused of causing the company, EnerVest, more than $1 million in losses, the U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday in a statement.

The indictment charges Mitchell hacked into the Charleston, W.Va., energy company in June 2012 and erased backup information, disabled a data replication process and deleted the company's phone system accounts, along with extension and accounting data.

The electronic break-in prevented the company from operating for two days.

If convicted of the charges, Mitchell could face a possible 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

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