Deepanshu Kher, an IT contractor who was caught hacking into a Carlsbad companies server was sentenced to two years in prison. He was found guilty of deleting over 1200 of its 1500 Microsoft 0365 user accounts.
He was retaliating for being fired from the IT consulting firm that was assisting an unidentified company with its migration to a Microsoft 365 Office environment. This is according to Kelly Thornton, the director of media relations for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California.
Kher pleaded guilty last year to a count of intentional damage to a protected computer.
U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff, who sentenced Kher, said the attack was “planned and clearly intended as revenge,” Thornton said.
Kher will be on three years of supervised release after his 2-year prison sentence. He was ordered to pay $567,084 to the company, which is the amount the company paid to fix the issues associated with the attack.