Lucchese computer hacker sentenced to 18-months in federal prison


A disgruntled ex-employee of Lucchese Boots was sentenced to 18-months in federal prison and ordered to pay $57,396.76 in restitution Wednesday after pleading guilty  to one count of transmission of a program to cause damage to a computer.

The computer breach happened on September 1, 2016 after Joe Vito Venzor was terminated from his position at the company’s help desk earlier in the day. He admitted in federal court on Thursday that he intentionally logged onto the network and shut down the entire e-mail server and system files.

As a result of the hack, Lucchese was forced to send approximately 300 factory employees home for the day due to the fact that they couldn’t get the computer system back in time. The company also couldn’t send out shipments or take orders for half of the day.

The estimated amount of loss from the hack was approximately $100,000 in sales due to lost production time and additional IT expenses.

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