Sysadmin tries, fails at being l337 hax0r, gets jail time

Posted on January 10, 2008 

Sysadmin tries, fails at being l337 hax0r, gets jail time

A 51-year-old systems administrator from New Jersey has received the longest federal prison sentence for attempting a crime designed to damage a computer system. Yung-Hsun Lin (also known as Andy Lin) was given 30 months in jail for planting code on a company server in 2003 that was supposed to destroy a medical drug database. He was also ordered by US District Judge Jose Linares to pay $81,200 in restitution to his former employer, Medco Health Solutions.

Well, it turns out that Mr. Lin may have gotten a little bit ahead of himself, because several days later, Medco did in fact lay off four sysadmins—none of them him. A month after that, Lin attempted to edit the code, presumably to ensure that it would not deploy as scheduled. It turns out that Lin maybe wasn’t as good a programmer as he thought, because come April 23, 2004, the code deployed anyway. To Medco’s relief, he was apparently really bad, because when deployed, the code failed to do its duty due to a bug. Oops.

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