Boerne man admits hacking to shut down former employer’s computer system

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In San Antonio, 40-year-old Brian Neal Bond of Boerne, TX, faces up to five years in federal prison after admitting to hacking into a local business and shutting down their computer operations announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.

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Appearing before United States District Judge Xavier Rodriguez, Bond pleaded guilty to one count of computer intrusion and damage. According to court records, from September 2010 to approximately April 2015, Bond worked as an Information Technology Help Desk manager in the Boerne, TX, facility of Colorado-based business. Bond left that company’s employment to accept a position with a different company.

By pleading guilty, Bond admitted that beginning in June 2015 and continuing to January 2016, Bond, without authorization, accessed his former employer’s computers approximately 124 times. On one of those occasions—January 12, 2016—Bond admitted to shutting down his former employer’s trading system, making it unavailable to customers. Bond also deleted a file that was essential to the trading systems ability to operate. Bond’s interruption actions resulted in an estimated loss to his former employer of $10,816, which Bond has already paid into the registry of the Court.

The defendant remains out on bond pending sentencing scheduled for June 28, 2017, before Judge Rodriguez.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted this investigation. Assistant United States Attorney William R. Harris is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

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