Fired Law Firm Worker Is Charged with Hacking into Server
Posted Jun 27, 2012 6:43 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A fired worker at a Pittsburgh law firm is facing federal charges based on allegations she joined with two others to hack into the firm’s servers.
The fired worker is 24-year-old Alyson Cunningham, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a press release. She is accused along with her husband, 28-year-old Jonathan Cunningham, and with 20-year-old Matthew James West, a man who has said he is linked to the computer hacking group Anonymous, the press release says. The law firm is identified only as “VG” in the press release. A LinkedIn profile (reg. req.) for an Alyson Cunningham of the Pittsburgh area identifies her as a former legal secretary.
The three Pittsburgh residents have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to access a protected computer without authorization, the Post-Gazette says. Prosecutors allege West hacked into the law firm servers with assistance from the Cunninghams and installed software to capture passwords of anyone on the firm’s network. West is also accused of giving Jonathan Cunningham personal financial information on Alyson Cunningham’s former co-workers.