Ex-worker planted malware to crash restaurant systems

Graham Cluley

A 21-year-old man has admitted planting malware on his former employer’s computer network after he was fired, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

David Ernest Everett Jr stopped working on the helpdesk at Wand Corp, a firm which produces integrated solutions for fast-food restaurants, in March 2008.

It seems that he wasn’t entirely happy when his employment was terminated as three weeks later he sought revenge by breaking into servers at the Eden-Prairie, Minnesota-based company.

From his home Everett was able to plant three malicious files on 1000 different servers, designed to crash systems, according to media reports.

Sure enough, according to Dave Perrill, VP at Wand, servers at 25 different restaurants crashed on 10 April, stopping companies from registering transactions.

Wand Corp, who numbers Pizza Hut, KFC and Burger King amongst its clients, claims that it spent almost…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.