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Contractor Rejected for Employment Allegedly Infected Power Firm's Network

Network intrusion; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges

The Cleveland man was indicted for sending malware designed to destroy data on computers at Eaton, after the company did not hire him for a position.

Arturas Samoilovas, 35, had worked as a financial analyst contractor there from November 2013 to May 21, 2014. He applied for several other jobs at Eaton prior to the expiration of his employment contract, but was not hired, according to the indictment.

The malware was discovered after the suspect contacted a former co-worker, and disclosed the existence of the malicious code.

"This defendant sought to disrupt a company's operations through its computer system," said U.S Attorney Steven Dettelbach.

"If activated," said Stephen Anthony, special agent in charge of the FBI's Cleveland office, "the malware would have caused significant damage to Eaton Corporation's internal computer network.”

sector

Energy

reported

November 14, 2014

reported by

The Plain Dealer

number affected

Unknown

location of breach

Ohio, United States

perpetrators

Former Employee

location of perpetrators

Ohio, United States

date breach occurred

May 21, 2014

date breach detected

May 23, 2014