By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
7th August 2009
The former IT admin for a Florida-based charity stands accused of
ransacking the organization's servers and phone systems last Christmas
eve, more than a year after his employment there ended.
Luis Robert Altamarino, who had been given administrator access to the
computer network of United Way Miami-Dade, breached the systems on
December 24, according to an indictment filed in US District Court in
Miami earlier this week. He had worked at the charity for five months
starting in July 2007 setting up PCs and providing technical support for
his fellow employees.
Between December 24 and the following day, Altamarino ransacked the
charity's servers, wiping out donor lists, email, and the system that
managed employee Blackberry accounts, according to prosecutors. He also
tampered with the analog phone system server so that voicemail was
The rampage made it impossible for employees to check email, log in to
the network, or use the phone system, the indictment says. Restoring the
United Way chapter's systems to normal took "several days" and cost at
least $5,000, the threshold amount typically required for prosecutors to
bring charges under federal computer intrusion statutes.
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