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Hacker Accused and Put On Trial

Jon Paul Oson, aged 38, of Chula Vista was put on trial on Monday to answer charges against him in connection with federal computer hacking. He was accused of erasing vital patient data of 'North County Health Services' (NCHS) clinic. The data that he deleted was understood to be stored at his former employer's systems. The accusation made by a federal grand jury outlined his intentional attempts to damage computers.

The damages that Oson did to his former employer - 'Council of Community Health Clinics' (CCC) and NCHS is not only financial but the data deletion resulted in inconvenience to patients, as indicted by the federal grand jury.

US Attorney, Carol Lam called it a callous crime against innocent patients for Mr. Oson didn't care who he was injuring or how much he was doing it.

Oson was employed as a network engineer and a technical services manager at CCC between May 2004 and October 2005. NCHS asked CCC to employ its technology services to host NCHS' 'Practice Management System'.

Oson's main motive behind this attack was thought to be his resignation from CCC because he received a negative evaluation.

Oson was charged because he committed unauthorized access to NCHS data without CCC's permission. He then destroyed the process that made copies of patient information. Not only that he even deleted the data and removed software on several CCC servers. Oson also tried to remove data and software used for e-mail and data of other clinics.

In this attack Oson was the primary source, according to Assistant US Attorney, Mitch Dembin. The identification of Oson's name was made after analyzing computer logs following the attack. It was found that the logs on the affected computers bore similarity to the logs present in Oson's computer.

Dembin commented Oson's action as callous and nasty.

Court has ordered to imprison Oson in place of bail of $75,000 charging him of causing damage to guarded computers. If proved guilty, Oson could be penalized with most 20 years of imprisonment and a fine up to $500,000. Investigation in Oson's case was initiated by 'Cyber Crime Squad' of FBI's San Diego division.

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