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9 Years Prison, $1.7 Million Fine For Malicious Insider

Former IT engineer stung for destructive attack on law firm.

Sara Peters

April 18, 2016

1 Min Read

A former IT engineer for a Dallas law firm was sentenced to 115 months in prison and ordered to pay $1.697 million in restitution for a destructive computer attack he committed against his former employer in 2011. The sentencing comes in the wake of a flurry of attacks on law firms and the highly publicized leak at Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.  

Anastasio N. Laoutaris, 41, of Spring, Texas, was an IT engineer for Locke Lord LLP from 2006 to August 2011. On Dec.1 and Dec. 5, 2011, four months after his employment there ended, Laoutaris accessed Locke Lord's systems without authorization and according to court documents, issued commands that caused "significant damage" to the network, "including deleting or disabling hundreds of user accounts, desktop and laptop accounts, and user e-mail accounts."

Laoutaris was convicted of two counts of intentionally accessing a computer network without authorization and intentionally issuing commands and codes that caused damage to the network.

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About the Author(s)

Sara Peters

Senior Editor

Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad of other topics. She authored the 2009 CSI Computer Crime and Security Survey and founded the CSI Working Group on Web Security Research Law -- a collaborative project that investigated the dichotomy between laws regulating software vulnerability disclosure and those regulating Web vulnerability disclosure.


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