Man Charged with Hacking ViewSonic System

Friday, 7 February 2003, 1:42 PM EST

former employee of ViewSonic Corp. was arrested on Thursday for allegedly hacking into its computer system and destroying data, shutting down a server that was central to the firm's foreign operations.

Andy Garcia, 39, was taken into custody on a federal indictment that charges him with unauthorized access to a protected computer and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

ViewSonic, a privately held company based in Walnut, California, makes computer monitors and high-definition televisions. The company has received financing from Intel Corp. INTC.O and is working with that chip giant and Microsoft Corp. MSFT.O to roll out a new line of portable video players.

The company's founder Chief Executive James Chu is the majority shareholder.

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