Holding Passwords Hostage - International Extortion Foiled

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In a case recently filed by a Swiss company in federal court in Florida, the company alleged in its complaint that Jerome Westrick, its former computer programmer and minority shareholder, stole a company laptop, hacked into the company’s computer system, changed access codes and passwords, and locked out the company and its customers from getting into its enterprise content management software. WIT Walchi Innovation Technologies, GMBH v. Westrick, 2012 WL 33164 (S.D. Fl. Jan. 6, 2012).

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