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District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 12, 2018

Brockton Man Charged with Computer Intrusion

BOSTON – A Brockton man was charged yesterday in connection with the August 2018 computer intrusion of a Massachusetts company.

Colby Anderson, 25, of Brockton, was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of intentionally causing damage to a protected computer without authorization. Anderson was arrested yesterday and released on conditions following an initial appearance in federal court in Boston.

According to court documents, in July 2018, Anderson was terminated from his position as a Network Operations Center Technician at Blueport Wireless, a high speed internet access provider. Following his termination, Anderson subsequently used his former colleagues’ account login information to delete approximately 100-120 customer configuration profiles, causing widespread internet service issues at customer facilities.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mackenzie Queenin and David D’Addio of Lelling’s Cybercrime Unit are prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Cyber Crime
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Updated October 12, 2018