Wi-Fi whistle blower faces criminal charges
A North Carolina man faces criminal charges after his attempt to expose the insecurity of his local medical facility's wireless network landed him in hot water with the authorities.
Clayton Taylor Dillard, 29, an information security consultant, is accused of breaking into Wake Internal Medicine Consultants' computer system and illegally accessing information of hundreds of patients.
Dillard is charged with one felony count of computer trespass, one felony count of unlawful computer access and one misdemeanor count of computer trespass, according to a report by local TV station WRAL.
After Dillard allegedly broke into the hospital's network he reportedly sent WRAL a letter containing "copies of cheques and insurance forms for patients", accompanied by the note "these guys are a bunch of bozos". He also reportedly contacted patients and insurance companies informing them of the clinic's allegedly lax security.
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