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Minecode execs face prison terms for computer intrusion




Minecode execs face prison terms for computer intrusion
Minecode execs face prison terms for computer intrusion



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http://seattle.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2009/01/05/daily33.html 

Puget Sound Business Journal 
January 8, 2009

Two executives at Minecode LLC pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District 
Court in Seattle to misdemeanor counts of computer intrusion and face 
prison terms.

According to the government, president and CEO Pradyumna Samal and 
Sandeep Verma, a project manager, face up to one year in prison on each 
count after Bellevue-based Minecode and online wine supplier Vinado Inc. 
got into a dispute in the fall of 2006.

The government said that Vinado had hired Minecode to design some 
features for the wine seller's website, including a =E2=80=9Cvirtual gift shop.=E2=80=9D 
After the dispute, authorities said that Samal directed Verma to disable 
the gift shop, causing a $5,000 loss to Vinado. In January 2007, Samal 
went further, the government said, deleting Vinado=E2=80=99s website, email 
server and database, causing $115,000 in damage.

The government said Samal and Minecode are charged with, and have 
pleaded guilty to, two counts of computer intrusion and Verma has been 
charged with, and pleaded guilty to, one count of computer intrusion.

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