Fired Gucci employee charged with hacking into network

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A network engineer, who was fired by the American branch of Gucci, has been accused of breaking into the computer systems of the Italian luxury good retailer, shutting down servers and deleting data.

According to a press release from the New York County District Attorney’s office, 34-year-old Sam Chihlung Yin of Jersey City, NJ, used an account that he had secretly created while employed by Gucci to access the network after his employment was terminated.

In a 50-count indictment, the IT expert is charged with computer tampering, identity theft, falsifying business records, computer trespass, criminal possession of computer-related material, unlawful duplication of computer-related material, and unauthorized use of a computer.

It is alleged that while Yin was still employed as a network engineer at Gucci, he created a VPN token in the name of a fictional…

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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.

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