According to an article by the Denver Post, a man from Colorado Springs was accused of attempting to destroy Transportation Security Administration (TSA) computers that allow airport security to locate possible terrorists prior to boarding an aircraft.
The man allegedly loaded a virus into the system’s database at the TSA’s Colorado Springs Operations Center, which is linked to the Terrorist Screening Database and the U.S. Marshal’s service Warrant Information Network. The virus was designed to infiltrate the system on a specific date with the intention of corrupting information and destroying the database completely. Fortunately, TSA technicians tracked the virus and were able to contain it before any damage was done.
The indictment, imposed by the Denver federal grand jury, gave no reason as to why the former TSA employee would want to sabotage the system and threaten national security. If convicted, the former TSA employee faces a sentence of up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine for both attempts to compromise the database. His trial is currently scheduled for May 17, 2010.
White-collar crime is a serious offense given the severity of the consequences if an individual is convicted. If you have been charged with a white-collar crime, you should seek an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Colorado Springs white collar crime defense attorney Timothy Bussey has years of experience defending the rights of and building strong defenses for people accused of criminal offenses, including white-collar crimes. Contact the Bussey Law Firm, P.C. today at (719) 475-2555 for a free consultation of your case.