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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 27, 2019

Man Sentenced to Prison for Cyber Sabotage

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Maryland man was sentenced today to two years in prison for illegally accessing his former employer’s network systems, stealing critical servers and information, and causing a loss of over $1.1 million.

According to court documents, Barrence Anthony, 40, of Waldorf, was a systems engineer for Federated IT, a federal contractor that was providing technology services for the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps. After being tipped that his employment was going to be terminated, Anthony engaged in a scheme to sabotage Federated IT’s contract with the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps including by deleting all user and administrator accounts except his to give him sole access to network systems, changing domain name registration information, deleting numerous files belonging to Federated IT, and unlawfully sharing proprietary information belonging to Federated IT with his personal accounts.

Anthony was an insider who intimately knew the victim company’s network and infrastructure. He specifically targeted his actions to do harm to one of the company’s most lucrative contracts with the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps. The proprietary information that Anthony took was specifically built for the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps and the victim company assigned it a value of over $1 million.  The cyber sabotage also disrupted a Chaplaincy Resource Management Course in Jackson, South Carolina, impacting 19 chaplain corps students.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Edward LaBarge, Director of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Cybercrime Unit, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Smith III prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:19-cr-166.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Public Affairs joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated September 27, 2019