Dariusz J. Prugar, A former system administrator at a network service provider called PA online, used his old account to access the company’s servers and created backdoors to maintain his unauthorized access to the servers. Prugar had some issues with his employer and got fire just a couple of days before his unauthorized access. To hide his activity, he installed scripts that delete his login records from the server logs. An error in the scripts led to the deleting of important files required for the company network to work. As a result, the company network crashed and the service was shut down for many customers and businesses.
After field attempts from The IT team to fix the sudden damage that crashed the network, they contacted Prugar since he was the one who built most of the company network. Suspiciously, Prugar asked his employer to pay him for the scripts he wrote for the company, the same scripts that weren’t working because of the attack. PA Online management sent a request to the FBI to investigate the case and find out if Prugar was involved.
The company service was shut down for a whole week affecting many customers and costing the company a lot of money and its reputation. The FBI investigation showed that Prugar was involved in the incident. He sentenced to two years in prison and a fine of $26,000 for computer hacking and wire fraud.
Written by Mohammed Alhamadah