UK: Community order for hacker who stole over 10,000 files from Royal Stoke Hospital

Sometimes even when you try to give people a break or a second chance, they just double down on the problematic behavior….

From the Crown Prosecution Service:

A former Royal Stoke Hospital employee, who used malicious software to crack the passwords of his co-workers and access over 10,000 confidential hospital files, has been given a 12-month community order.

Daniel Moonie, 27, from Stoke-on-Trent was sentenced today (Thursday 16 January) at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court for securing unauthorised access to the hospital’s computer data between August 2016 and July 2017. He was also ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £2000 costs.

Moonie, who worked at the hospital in an administrative capacity from 2011 until his dismissal in 2017, hacked the hospital’s computer network to steal confidential information including patient and employee records.

When it was discovered he had gained unauthorised access to the hospital’s computer network, he was dismissed from the hospital and cautioned by police. Moonie agreed as part of the terms of the police caution that he would not:

  1. Access any IT system within the hospital
  2. Enter the hospital (unless a patient, visiting a patient or for HR reasons), and
  3. Contact staff unless at the request of the HR department.

However, after the caution, Moonie hacked the hospital’s computer systems again and he obtained and saved confidential material.

When he was arrested in December 2017, officers from Staffordshire Police searched his home and discovered two hard drives with over 10,000 files including jpeg images of cardiac tests on patients, sensitive patient records and confidential employee files.

He admitted his guilt at the trial on 9 January 2020 at Staffordshire Crown Court.

Read more of the release on Crown Prosecution Service

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