Defendant Deleted Information, Reconfigured Server, and Read E-Mail of President of Victim Company
SAN JOSE – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – United States Attorney Kevin V. Ryan announced that Roman Meydbray, a former Information Technology Manager, was sentenced today to four months of home detention with electronic monitoring, 200 hours of community service, and three years probation for gaining unauthorized access to the computer system and email of his former employer, Creative Explosions, Inc., a Silicon Valley software development firm. On June 8, 2005, Mr. Meydbray pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful access to stored communications and one count of unauthorized access to a computer recklessly causing damage. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crime Squad in Oakland.
Mr. Meydbray, 27, of San Jose, California, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel, who also imposed a special condition of Mr. Meydbray’s probation that he could not possess or use a computer or access the Internet without prior approval from the probation officer.
In pleading guilty to these crimes, Mr. Meydbray admitted that he gained unauthorized access to the computer system of Creative Explosions from his San Jose residence between November 12, 2003 and November 17, 2003. During this unauthorized access, Mr. Meydbray deleted the “cestream.com” domain for the mail server, accessed the e-mail account belonging to the President of Creative Explosions, and made configuration changes to the mail servers that caused e-mails to be rejected. A federal search warrant was executed at his residence and his computer was seized in the investigation.
The investigation was overseen by the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California. Mark L. Krotoski is the Assistant U.S. Attorney from the CHIP Unit who is prosecuting the case.