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Press Release

Arrest Made In Compromise Of U.S. Army Computer Program

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announces that MITTESH DAS of Atlanta, Georgia, was indicted for intentionally causing damage to a U.S. Army computer program by transmitting malicious information, code, and command on a protected computer.  DAS made his initial appearance in federal court today in the Northern District of Georgia.  

The Grand Jury in the Eastern District of North Carolina indicted DAS on April 5, 2016.  

The charges are punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations.  The defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

‎"As charged, Mr. Das allegedly exploited his position as a cleared defense contractor to sabotage the U.S. Army Reserve's personnel system and disrupt pay to our nation's Soldiers," said Director Daniel Andrews of the Computer Crime Investigative Unit, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. "Cybercrime and insider threats present significant challenges to national security and military operations, and we will continue to root out those responsible and help bring violators to justice."

The case is being investigated by U.S. Army CID. CID was assisted during the arrest by the Johns Creek, Georgia, Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Jason Kellhofer is representing the government in this case.

Updated April 20, 2016