IT manager gets 30 months in jail for code-bombing firm’s intellectual property

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He could have gotten 10 years behind bars but this week a former IT manager at software maker Smart Online only got 30 months for sending malicious code that destroyed the company’s computers and data.

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The Department of Justice said that according to the plea agreement, from 2007 to 2012, Nikhil Shah, 33 was an information technology manager at Smart Online Inc., of Durham, North Carolina, that develops mobile applications.

Shah admitted that in March 2012, he left Smart Online to work for another technology company, and on June 28, 2012, he sent malicious computer code to Smart Online’s computer servers in Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina, deleting much of Smart Online’s intellectual property and causing some $5,000 in damages. 

Shah was also ordered to pay $324,462 in restitution. 

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