Sacked IT technician admits he hacked into and wiped data from school systems | #computerhacking | #hacking


An IT technician who targeted a Market Harborough school after being fired has admitted two counts of computer misuse.

Adam Georgeson, 28, gained access to the IT system of a secondary school in Market Harborough on January 16, where he had previously been employed.

He then downloaded and wiped data from the system, changing the passwords of several staff members.

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Georgeson’s actions, which involved fourteen different steps, led to nobody at the school being able to access the IT system at all.

He was arrested by Leicestershire Police on January 21, while working at an IT firm in Rutland. On March 9, the firm reported a number of malicious and unauthorised actions against their computer systems.

Georgeson was identified as a suspect and it emerged he had been sacked the previous month.

The changes he made to the IT firm’s system included altering passwords and adjusting the phone system used to contact customers.

Georgeson, of Robin Lane, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, pleaded guilty to two counts of unauthorised acts with intent to impair operation of or prevent/hinder access to a computer when he appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Monday, October 4.

Detective Constable Anthony Jones, from the cyber crime team within the force’s Digital Hub, was the investigating officer. He said: “Georgeson said he went into the school’s system because he was bored and decided to start deleting things. However, he realised his actions were traceable and would be caught and so his actions became even more malicious.

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“There was a great deal of resentment towards both his former employers – but that’s no excuse for his actions which caused significant problems for both and could’ve had more damaging consequences.

“I hope this case will serve as an example that Leicestershire Police takes all reports of cyber crime seriously and will fully investigate them in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Georgeson is due to be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on 27 January 2022.

Further information on cyber crime – including how to protect yourself online – can be found by visiting: https://www.leics.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/online-fraud/cyber-crime-fraud

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