A Brooklyn woman named Juliana Barile pleaded guilty to deleting 20 gigabytes of data from the credit union she worked for after she was fired.
The nameless credit union fired Barile from her part-time position on May 19, 2021. Two days later, she accessed the union’s network file server and deleted 21.3 gigabytes of data.
The data comprised over 20,000 files and 3,500 directories. It also deleted files related to mortgage loan applications and anti-ransomware protection software, the Justice Department (DOJ) wrote in a press release.
After deleting the files, she texted a friend confessing her crime.
“I deleted your shared network documents,” she wrote.
The credit union spent nearly $ 10,000 to repair the damage caused by the deletion, the DOJ said.
“Ms. Barile may have thought she was taking revenge on her employer by deleting files, but she harmed customers just as much. Permits to pay for their houses remained embarrassed,” said FBI assistant director Michael J. Driscoll.
“An insider threat can do as much damage, if not more, than an outside criminal,” Driscoll continued. “The bank and customers are now faced with the enormous headache of correcting an employee’s selfish actions.”
Barile pleaded guilty to computer intrusion and destruction of data on a computer system. You now face up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine.
Barile is not the first employee to be charged with allegedly deleting files upon departure.
In 2011, IT administrator Michael Thomas allegedly deleted 615 backup files and a half a dozen pages from the internal reference website of ClickMotive, a company that provides online services to car dealers, Wired reported. Thomas also reportedly turned off automatic backup settings on several parts of the corporate network and changed email and network settings to make it more difficult for his former colleagues to work remotely.
Thomas then left the company. He left a note for his former employers in which he offered his services as an independent IT consultant. His employer later charged him with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a 1986 law designed to punish malicious hacking.
Thomas’ defense attorneys argued that he had neither hacked into the system nor was he “malicious”. All of the data he deleted was stored elsewhere on the company’s computer networks, his lawyers said.
On December 11, 2017, a federal appeals court found Thomas guilty. ClickMotive said it spent $ 130,000 to fix the problems it allegedly caused.
News week contacted the DOJ for comment.