JANUARY 31 — A former information technology manager at Finance Insurance Ltd. was sentenced to three years probation on Monday after he admitted to illegally accessing the company’s network and barring employees from core functions. I was.
A former information technology manager at Finance Insurance Ltd. was sentenced to three years’ probation on Monday after he admitted to illegally accessing the company’s network and barring employees from core functions.
Federal prosecutors have sentenced Casey K. Umezu Sr., 40, to 30 to 30 years old under U.S. sentencing guidelines after a week-long siege of the company’s computer network resulted in losses of between $95,000 and $150. asked the judge to sentence him to 37 months in prison. , 000.
Umezu’s attorney, Assistant Federal Defender Jacqueline T. Esser, sought two years of probation.
Umezu pleaded guilty to one count of willful damage to a protected computer as part of a plea bargain with the government. He faced up to 10 years in prison and his $250,000 fine.
U.S. District Court Judge Jill A. Otake ruled on three years of federal probation, and Umezu said in court documents, “FK, Financial Insurance Corporation
In a letter to Ohtake filed on January 24, Umezu wrote, “I regret the damage caused to Finance Insurance, Finance Factors, their employees and customers.”
“Many people have been affected. Confusion, anger, panic, frustration, and worry are some of the feelings and emotions that those involved may have experienced. I regret the extra work and resulting unnecessary tension/stress for everyone involved.I am ashamed.There are no words to express the shame I feel. “I take responsibility for any damage inflicted. Regardless of the circumstances, computers should always be used for good, not abuse. Any damage can be justified.” There are no excuses, no one forced me to do anything and I accept responsibility for the harm that has resulted. “
Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne A. Myers, who prosecuted the case on behalf of the government, declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Finance Insurance declined to comment.
Umezu retired from financial insurance on August 16, 2019 after two cases of “obstruction of medical treatment due to claims for industrial accident insurance and expiration of insurance” and suspicion of “sexual harassment and bullying” at work. According to Esser’s judgment memorandum.
Umezu was a Senior Information Systems Technician in Finance and Insurance, responsible for a range of tasks involving administration of computer networks, domains, websites and computer servers. Supervision of hardware and software upgrades. Working with outside vendors; assisting employees with common computer and technology issues, according to a plea deal filed Sept. 28.
The day after he left the company, Umezu logged on to his Finance Insurance Network Solutions account. This allowed me to change my domain’s routing settings and update my contact and payment information.
Using an Internet connection from his home in Honolulu, Mr. Umezu accessed the Network Solutions website and logged into the portal using his unique Financial Insurance “user ID” and password.
After gaining access to the portal, Defendant made numerous unauthorized changes to Network Solutions accounts. Umetsu changed the company name of the customer from Financial Insurance to “Honolulu Disposal Service”.
He changed the customer’s email contact to a Gmail account he manages. We have changed your phone number to a personal mobile number. You have changed the password required to access your Finance Insurance account through the Network Solutions portal. I renamed my primary contact to “Supah Dung”.
Umezu changed the domain name system settings for the Financial Insurance domain so that “incoming web and email traffic” directed to the Financial Insurance domain was redirected from IP addresses associated with the company to IP addresses unrelated to the company. I tried to mislead you. This prevented “people who were trying to visit the financial insurance website from accessing it” and the company’s employees from sending and receiving e-mail.
Umetsu also sent fake emails purportedly from “senior management” across the company and deleted all of the company’s Microsoft Office accounts.
When a company employee tried to regain control of the network solutions platform using a personal email address, Umezu started a dispute and locked everyone out until it was resolved.
According to the sentencing memo authored by Myers, Umezu “implied that his former employer was not responsible for the attack, while also offering to help identify the perpetrator and repair the very damage he caused.” I went to “ta”.
Umezu’s crime, “whatever its motives,” was a very serious crime that wreaked havoc on a sophisticated enterprise that employs many members of the community and provides vital services to many more. ‘” Myers wrote.
“During the course of the full week-long crime getaway, the defendant had many opportunities to sober up, reconsider his actions, and stop sabotaging his former employer. But he did not.” “Rather, he continued to invent and implement new methods of causing mayhem, many of which endured the worst behavior of his former employers (and, incidentally, the defendants).” I had a lot of confidence in him.”