EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFormer Network Engineer Indicted WV Firm's Computer Shutdown
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Reported: Jul. 31, 2013 11:38 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 31, 2013 11:43 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A former network engineer accused of shutting down an oil and gas company's computer network for a month last year has been indicted on federal charges.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Wednesday the deletion of phone system accounts, backup data and accounting data cost Charleston-based EnerVest Operating LLC about $1 million in losses.
EnerVest was unable to fully communicate or conduct business from June 26 until July 27, 2012.
Ricky Joe Mitchell, 34, of Mableton, Ga., was indicted Tuesday on charges he recklessly damaged a protected computer.
Mitchell doesn't have a telephone listing and it wasn't immediately clear whether he has an attorney.
The indictment said Mitchell knowingly erased backup information on a protected computer, then disabled a data-replication system that was designed to send backup data to Houston, Texas.
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