‘Back-hacker’ says Sandia tried to keep probe of breach quiet
Last month, a jury in New Mexico awarded Shawn Carpenter $4.3 million as part of a wrongful termination lawsuit against Sandia National Laboratories, where he had worked as a network intrusion- detection analyst. Carpenter was fired in early 2005 after he shared information about a network compromise with the FBI and the U.S. Army. Sandia, which is run by a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp. under a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy, claimed that Carpenter had inappropriately disclosed confidential information. But Carpenter said he did so for national security reasons after using reverse-hacking techniques to find evidence that the perpetrators of the May 2004 breach at Sandia belonged to a Chinese hacking group called Titan Rain.
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