IRS contract employee jailed for sabotage

IRS contract employee jailed for sabotage

An employee of an IRS subcontractor who sabotaged IRS computers at the agency's New Carollton, Md., office has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and fined $109,000.

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

Carpenter inserted code into the three servers he monitored at the facility and 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.

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