Ex-IT Man Gets Prison for Hacking Law Firm

     DALLAS (CN) – A former IT engineer for international law firm Locke Lord was sentenced to over nine years in federal prison Thursday for hacking into the firm’s computer network.
     Anastasio N. Laoutaris, 41, of Spring, Texas was sentenced to 115 months and ordered to pay over $1.69 million in restitution by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle. A federal jury convicted Laoutaris this past October on two counts of knowingly accessing a computer network without authorization and intentionally issuing commands and codes that caused damage.
     Prosecutors said Laoutaris accessed the network on Dec. 1, 2011, and Dec. 5, 2011, and “issued instructions and commands that caused significant damage to the network, including deleting or disabling hundreds of user accounts, desktop and laptop accounts, and user email accounts.”
     The law firm said client information was “never compromised” and that it is of “paramount importance” to the law firm.
     “But of course we are pleased that law enforcement authorities and the jury took this criminal activity seriously and sent a message that conduct threatening the information technology of law firms and businesses will not be tolerated,” firm spokeswoman Julie Gilbert said after the conviction.
     Dallas-based Locke Lord has approximately 1,000 lawyers in 19 domestic and four overseas offices. It was formed in 2007 with the combination of Dallas-based Locke Liddell & Sapp and Chicago-based Lord Bissell & Brook. The firm’s name changed to Locke Lord in January 2015 after a merger with Boston-based Edwards Wildman Palmer.

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