June 5, 2001

Dot-com layoffs raise threat of 'hacking'

Author: JT Smith

NandoTimes: "When someone broke into Slip.net's computer system, altered customer
accounts and deleted crucial databases, the Internet service provider didn't have to look far to find the attacker.

It wasn't a criminal outfit seeking credit card numbers, and it wasn't a scrawny whiz kid hacking away for a challenge in his dark
bedroom.

It was Nicholas Middleton, a former computer administrator for Slip.net, who had been unhappy at the San Francisco company and
recently quit. Middleton fought the resulting criminal charges on a legal technicality but lost and got three years' probation."

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