By Tim Wilson
Mar 16, 2009
A man who crashed government computer systems in Australia's Northwest
Territory last year says he did it because he was drunk and upset that
his fiancee had broken off their engagement.
According to news reports, David Anthony McIntosh had been living with
an IT workmate in May 2008, and the two had planned to be married,
McIntosh said in a letter to a Northwest Territory court last week. But
when his fiancee broke off the engagement, McIntosh got angry.
McIntosh hacked into government servers using his ex-fiancee's password
and deleted 10,475 user accounts from the Health Department, hospital,
prison, and Supreme Court servers. It took five days, 130 experts, and
more than $1.25 million Australian to find the problem and fix it.
"I'm disgusted with myself for what I did," McIntosh said in the letter
to the court. "I did not for a second think I would end up in jail."
McIntosh also said he was trying to prove there were "security
vulnerabilities" in the system.
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