June 5, 2009
FORMER GEXA SENIOR DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR INDICTED
(HOUSTON) – Steven Jinwoo Kim, a former employee of GEXA Energy in Houston, has been indicted for intentionally causing damage to a protected computer, possessing child pornography and aggravated identity theft, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. United States Secret Service agents arrested Kim without incident on Thursday, June 4, 2009, and is expected to make an initial appearance before a United States Magistrate Judge later today.
The indictment charges that in April and May 2008, Kim, 39, of Houston, illegally accessed a computer network belonging to GEXA, a Retail Electric Utility Provider, and intentionally issued codes and commands to damage the GEXA Energy Management System (GEMS) database. The GEMS database houses the customer and billing information of GEXA Energy’s customers. The aggravated identity theft charge arises from allegations that during the intrusion session, Kim transferred and possessed a database table from the GEMS database which contained the means of identification for thousands of GEXA Energy customers. To date, investigation has not revealed any exploitation of the GEXA customer’s identities. As a result of the intrusion and the insertion of the codes and commands to the GEMS database, GEXA Energy incurred a loss of more than $70,000, according to the indictment. In addition, the government alleges that during the forensic examination of Kim’s personal computer, multiple child pornography images were found on the system’s hard drive.
A conviction for computer intrusion or child pornography carries a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. The aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory two-year sentence which must be served consecutive to any other sentenced imposed.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and is being prosecuted by the Special Assistant United States Attorney Bret Davis.
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