Hacking threat rises with high-tech layoffs

    Date01 Jun 2001
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3536
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    When someone cracked Slip.net's computer system, altered customer accounts and deleted important databases, the Internet service provider didn't need to look far to find the attacker. It wasn't a criminal outfit seeking credit card numbers, and it wasn't a scrawny whiz . . . When someone cracked Slip.net's computer system, altered customer accounts and deleted important databases, the Internet service provider didn't need to look far to find the attacker. It wasn't a criminal outfit seeking credit card numbers, and it wasn't a scrawny whiz kid hacking away for a challenge in his dark bedroom. It was Nicholas Middleton, a former computer administrator for Slip.net, who had been unhappy at the San Francisco company and recently quit. Middleton fought the resulting criminal charges on a legal technicality but lost and got three years' probation.
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