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Sacked health care BOFH jailed for revenge hack

Bring the restraints, nurse

By John Leyden, 14 Dec 2010

A former IT worker at a Florida medical facility has been jailed for 19 months after she was convicted of hacking into the network of her former employers, deleting records and locking out legitimate users by deleting passwords.

Patricia Marie Fowler, 30, of Palmetto, Florida, mounted the attack on Suncoast Community Health Center four days after she was fired for insubordination. Damages were initially estimated at $17,000. However, a Florida court last week ordered her to pay restitution of $17,243.01 as well as spending three years on probation (supervised release) following her release.

Fowler was identified as a potential suspect but denied culpability until she confessed during an interview with FBI agents and supplied the revised password of the corporate firewall. An FBI statement on the case can be found here. ®

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