Man sentenced for sabotaging IRS computer

Man sentenced for sabotaging IRS computer

A Lusby, Md., man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and fined $109,000 for sabotaging IRS computers at the agency's New Carrollton, Md., office.

Claude R. Carpenter II, who worked as a systems administrator for Network Resources Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., a subcontractor to the IRS on the agency's Integrated Network Operations Management System database, pleaded guilty to intentionally damaging a protected computer in July.

Carpenter monitored three servers at the IRS facility and inserted code into them that deleted all their data.

He tried to conceal his activities by turning off system logs, removing history files and overwriting the code after execution to prevent system administrators from determining why the data was deleted.

The IRS had to shut down the servers to remove the code and re-establish security.

The case was investigated by the Office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

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