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Software Exec Takes Fall for Hacking




Software Exec Takes Fall for Hacking
Software Exec Takes Fall for Hacking



http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Software-Exec-Takes-Fall-for-Hacking/ 

By Roy Mark
eWEEK.com
2008-12-23 

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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