IT Specialist Convicted for Siberian Closed City Security Breach

TOMSK, May 29 (RIA Novosti) – The court of Seversk, a closed satellite city of Tomsk, Siberia, on Tuesday found a local IT specialist guilty of copying databases of the city’s residents, the court said in a statement.

The man, employed at the city’s municipal company overseeing utility payments and offering payment services, made copies of the company’s databases, including payers’ personal data and other sensitive information.

“Acting from the motives of hooliganism, he copied files containing personal data of Seversk residents to his laptop. The man also copied a database containing information on utlity payments and other insider information and subsequently deleted it from the company’s server,” the court’s statement reads.

The judge found the man guilty of illegal access to computer information protected by the law, as well as copying and deleting it through his official position.

The man pleaded guilty to all charges. He was sentenced to 1.5 years of custodial restraint.

Custodial restraint is a form of punishment introduced in Russia in December 2009. As part of the punishment, a convict faces various restrictions, such as a ban on leaving home at certain hours, on visiting specific places, on leaving their city, on attending mass events, and on moving to a new residence without the permission of a supervisory body.


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