WA: Ex-charity worker charged with computer crime

Levi Pulkkinen reports that a disgruntled ex-employee is charged with computer sabotage:

In charging documents, King County prosecutors contend Ricardo T. Valencia, 35, broke into the World Vision server system in the week preceding July 3. The malicious conduct, prosecutors allege, continued in the following weeks, ultimately costing the international children’s charity $12,500 in repairs.

According to the complaint, Valencia was preparing to go on paternity leave when, on June 29, he was laid off from the charity. About the same time, other World Vision employees began noticing problems with their servers.


Information technology workers at World Vision determined the server had been accessed through an outside network connection under a passcode available to Valencia and another employee, a Federal Way detective told the court. Investigators allege that computer logs and Internet records obtained by search warrant show the system was accessed from Valencia’s Puyallup home.

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