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[ISN] Norcross hacker sent to prison
January 10, 2008
ATLANTA - A federal judge sentenced a Norcross man to five months in
prison and five months of home confinement for hacking into his former
employer's computer and telecommunications' network.
William Bryant, 38, was sentenced Thursday, Jan. 10 by U.S. District
Judge Thomas W. Thrash on a charge of hacking-knowingly causing the
transmission of information to a computer used in interstate commerce,
and, as a result, intentionally and without authorization causing damage
to that computer.
According to U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias and the information
presented in court, Bryant is a former employee of Cox Communications,
which operates a computer and telecommunications network throughout the
After being asked to resign his position with Cox, Bryant remotely shut
down portions of the company's system, causing a loss of computer and
telecommunications services, including access to 911 emergency services,
for Cox customers in Texas, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Cox
technicians restored service within hours.
"Hacking, or intruding into and causing damage to a computer system, is
a serious federal offense," Nahmias said. "Hacking causes particular
dangers to our nation's critical infrastructure and we will prosecute
such attacks aggressively."
In addition to his prison term and home confinement, Bryant must spend
two years in supervised release, perform 200 hours of community service
and pay restitution of $15,470.
Bryant pleaded guilty to the charges Sept. 26, 2007.
This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence R. Sommerfeld prosecuted
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