Hacker Gets 2 Yrs. for Stealing $275K from MN Co.
On Tuesday, Jeremey Parker-a 26-year-old man from Texas who pleaded guilty in February to hacking into the computer network of a Minnesota company, as well as NASA-was sentenced to two years in prison for his crime.
Parker admitted in his plea agreement that from December 2008 through October 2009, he hacked into the computer network of SWReg, Inc., a subsidiary of Eden Prairie-based Digital River, Inc., according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota. He was indicted for the crime in October 2010.
SWReg hires independent software developers to write code. Those developers can view the balances online that SWReg owes them and have the funds electronically transferred into their bank or PayPal accounts, or have a check mailed to them.
Parker hacked into the SWReg system, credited some accounts, and then wire transferred money-$275,000 in total-to his bank account, the U.S. Attorney's office said.
Parker also admitted to hacking into two computer servers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland-a breach that cost NASA roughly $66,400 to repair.
Parker's hacking marked the second time that Digital River's systems were broken into during the past couple of years. The company sued a New York company and its owner in May 2010, accusing him of trying to sell data stolen from it.
Digital River is among Minnesota's 55-largest public companies based on its 2009 revenue, which totaled $403.8 million. The company reported $363.2 million in 2010 revenue.