Washington DC
08 September 2015
Reporter: Tammy Facey

IT manager admits to IP losses


An IT manager has admitted to sending damaging computer code to his former employer’s servers that destroyed the software company’s intellectual property.

New Jersey resident Nikhil Nilesh Shah pleaded guilty at the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina to a felony charge that he sent computer code to software company Smart Online that caused at least $5,000 in damage.

Shah previously served as an information technology manager at Smart Online, from 2007 to March 2012, which developed platforms to aid mobile applications.

According to the indictment, Shah sent malicious computer code to Smart Online’s computer services and deleted much of Smart Online’s intellectual property.

Shah will be sentenced on 8 December.

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