By CLAIRE McENTEE
A former information technology employee of a Lower Hutt sauce and
condiment manufacturer has been fined more than $8000 after hacking into
the firm's network and accessing private emails.
The case is the National Cyber Crime Centre's first prosecution and
Geraint Jones, an IT systems engineer, was employed to build an IT
network for Groenz, formerly French Maid Foods, in 2004, and worked
there until September 2008, according to court documents.
From that point he carried out consultancy work for the firm on a
contract basis, but Groenz terminated the relationship in July 2009
after he had a falling-out with management over a telecommunications
In September he hacked into the firm's system, and destroyed its phone
server -- wiping out phone data.
A search warrant carried out by the cyber crime centre revealed that
Jones had also accessed emails between Groenz management about him, and
between Groenz and the centre about him, as well as emails between the
managing director and his daughter.
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