10 Aug Engineering Manager Hacks Former Employer’s Server, Pleads Guilty to Charges
It was reported last Wednesday that Jason Needham, a design and engineering manager, hacked and stole files from his former employer’s server. Needham pleaded guilty to all charges, including theft of proprietary data valued at $250,000 to $550,000.
The suspect was caught after his client voiced out suspicions on a project proposal that sounded like Allen & Hoshall’s (A&H) original plan. The client immediately reported the incident to the FBI.
Sources said Needham conducted cyber intrusions between 2014-2016, after he left his former engineering and design company A&H to establish his own firm called HNA. He breached one of his former co-worker’s computer, and attempted to hack three other former associates.
According to authorities, they were able to track Needham’s cellphone IP address to the victim’s compromised email account. He stole business documents, CAD designs, budget files, and project proposals.