Texas Database Administrator Sentenced
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.July 8, 2010
A former senior database administrator at a Houston, TX, electricity provider has been sentenced to one year in prison for illegally accessing customer information, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this week. IDG News Service reports that Steven Jinwoo Kim pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization and recklessly causing damage after he was fired from Gexa Energy. In 2008, Kim used his home computer to access the company's network and download personal information on about 150,000 of the company's customers--including their names, billing addresses, Social Security numbers and dates of birth. In addition to the prison term, Kim has been ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution.