By CINDY GEORGE
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
June 24, 2008
The fired technology director of a Houston organ donation company has
been accused of hacking into its computer system and deleting records.
A federal indictment alleges that over two days in November 2005,
Danielle Duann illegally accessed and damaged LifeGift Organ Donation
The agency recovers organs and tissue from the deceased for distribution
in 109 Texas counties. Recipients live in a broad swath of the state
including Houston, Fort Worth, Lubbock and Amarillo.
After Duann, 50, was fired as the agency's director of information
technology, she is accused of accessing the system and issuing commands
that wiped out organ donor information and accounting files.
"There was no interruption in clinical operations as a result of the
deletion of files, therefore no lives of transplant candidates were in
jeopardy," LifeGift spokeswoman Catherine Burch Graham said Tuesday
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