By Roy Mark
Platte River Associates President Jay E. Leonard sentenced to 12 months
supervised probation and a $2,500 fine after pleading guilty to one
count of unauthorized access to a protected computer. Platte River
Associates, meanwhile, is facing charges of violating the U.S. trade
embargo with Cuba.
The president of a Boulder, Colo., firm that develops software used in
oil and gas exploration was sentenced Dec. 22 for hacking the computer
system of a rival firm. Jay E. Leonard, 61, was sentenced to 12 months
of supervised probation and fined $2,500.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Leonard used a wireless
network connection at Houston International Airport to access a
password-protected computer belonging to Zetaware, a rival of Platte
River Associates. Shortly after the hack, Leonard chaired a company
meeting in which, according to the plea agreement, "A tentative plan was
discussed to exploit and to unlawfully utilize the downloaded Zetaware
files for the economic gain of Platte River Associates."
Leonard faced a maximum of one year in prison, a $100,000 fine and
restitution to Zetaware.
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