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Man Jailed For Hacking Ex-Employer's Operations

Louisiana resident Brian Johnson was sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $1.1 million in damages.

Brian P. Johnson of Louisiana has been sentenced to 34 months in prison for hacking and intentionally disrupting operations at the Port Hudson mill of his former employer Georgia-Pacific, says the US Department of Justice (DoJ). Johnson has also been ordered to pay more than $1.1 million to the company in damages.

The report states Johnson, who was a systems administrator in the IT department of Georgia-Pacific's Port Hudson division, was fired in February 2014. Following his termination, he configured his home computer to gain remote access to the company's network and transmitted codes and commands to cause significant damage to the plant's operations.

A police search at Johnson's residence came up with evidence of his former misdeeds. His computer system and related devices were seized.

Johnson will start his jail term beginning next month.

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