A 30-year-old Indian-origin man has pleaded guilty to intentionally accessing an information-technology firm’s protected computer and running a code that led to the deletion of 16,000 accounts in 2018 and causing huge losses for the company.
Sudhish Kasba Ramesh pleaded guilty in Federal Court of San Jose, California. United States Attorney David Anderson said he was charged last month by the authority in a case of accessing a protected computer.
According to the petition, according to a press release from the US Department of Justice, Ramesh admitted on September 24, 2018, the intentional access to the cloud infrastructure of Cisco Systems hosted by Amazon Web Services without Cisco’s permission.
Ramesh worked for Cisco and resigned in April 2018.
During his unauthorized access, Ramesh admitted that he had deployed a code from his Cloud Project account that resulted in the removal of 456 virtual machines for applications from the IT company, including video meetings, video messages, file sharing and other collaborative tasks. Were provided.
After Ramesh deployed the code, more than 16,000 accounts were closed for two weeks, and the company was asked to restore the application and return more than USD 1,000,000 to affected customers for approximately USD 1,000 in employee time. 1,400,000.
Ramesh was released on bond after being released on $ 50,000 bail. Ramesh’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 2020. The maximum statutory penalty is five years imprisonment and a fine of US $ 250,000.
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