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A man admits hacking into computers of high tech company

Date: September 24, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Timofey Saytarly

According to the Plea Agreement, Mr. Erfurt admitted that, on January 23 and 24, 2003, he hacked into the computer system of MESC by using a computer from his workplace at a separate company in Irvine, California. Mr. Erfurt had previously served as the Information Technology Manager and then as Network Manager for MESC. After gaining unauthorized access to MESC's computer system, Mr. Erfurt admitted that he downloaded a proprietary database, read the e-mail account of the company president, and deleted data from the servers. Mr. Erfurt also admitted to obstructing justice in the FBI's ensuing investigation of these events by deleting data from his new employer's computers in an effort to destroy the evidence of his illegal computer intrusions.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California announced that Mark Erfurt, 39, of Orange, California, pled guilty in federal court in San Jose to gaining unauthorized access and recklessly damaging the computer system of Manufacturing Electronic Sales Corporation ("MESC"), a Santa Clara-based manufacturing business, and to obstructing justice when he later tried to destroy evidence of his computer crimes.

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