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No Fashion Crime — Former Gucci Employee Charged with Hacking

No Fashion Crime -- Former Gucci Employee Charged with Hacking - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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This was no crime of fashion.

A former network engineer for Gucci was charged in New York this week in a 50-count indictment for illegally invading Gucci's computer system, deleting emails, files, several virtual servers and shutting down a storage area network.

According to documents filed in court, Sam Chihlung Yin accessed the system by secretly creating a virtual private network with a fictional name. A month after he was fired in May 2010, Yin emailed Gucci's IT department to activate his VIN. He was able to tamper with Gucci's network resulting in the company losing access to documents and emails for 24 hours and other emails and documents being deleted permanently.

This particular hacking cost Gucci more than $200,000 in diminished productivity, restoration and remediation measures.

Yin also deleted a disk containing corporate mailboxes from an email server in another intrusion later that year. He prevented nationwide store managers and corporate staff from accessing documents, files and emails costing Gucci thousands of dollars. He also prevented Gucci IT from restoring systems operations until the end of the business day resulting in more costs for the company.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. officially charged 34-year-old Yin with a laundry list of offenses: computer tampering, identity theft, falsifying business records, computer trespass, criminal possession of computer related material, unlawful duplication of computer related material, and unauthorized use of a computer.

D.A. Vance said his office's Cybercrimes and Identity Theft Bureau is committed to preventing and prosecuting crimes such as Yin's indictment. He also talked about the seriousness of the cyber threats.

“Computer hacking is not a game and is a serious threat to corporate security that can have a devastating effect on personal privacy, jobs and the ability of a business to function at all,“ he said.

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