Man admits breaking into computer systems of previous employers
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An IT technician who targeted the systems of his former employers admitted two counts of computer misuse.
On 16 January this year, 29-year-old Adam Georgeson gained access to the IT system of a secondary school in Market Harborough where he had previously been employed. Upon doing so, he downloaded and wiped data from the system and changed the passwords of several staff members. His actions, which involved fourteen different steps, led to nobody being able to access the IT system at all.
On 21 January, Georgeson – then employed by an IT firm in Rutland – was arrested by Leicestershire Police. On 9 March, a report was received from the IT firm stating that a number of malicious and unauthorised actions against their computer systems.
He was identified as the suspect and it was established he had been dismissed by the company the previous month. The changes made to the IT firm’s system included altering passwords and adjusting the phone system used to contact customers.
Georgeson, of Robin Lane in 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 today (Monday 4 October).
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.
“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