A former Cisco employee has pled guilty to accessing Cisco’s cloud infrastructure in 2018, five months after resigning from the company. The former employee deployed code that ultimately shut down more than 16,000 WebEx Teams’ accounts and deleted 465 virtual machines. According to the plea deal, the former employee accessed the systems five months after his resignation. This incident, which lasted approximately two weeks, cost Cisco over $2.4 million dollars in customer refunds and employee time to restore the services. A statement from Cisco said, “Cisco addressed the issue in September 2018 as quickly as possible, ensured no customer information was lost or compromised and implemented additional safeguards.” Cisco also stated that they have implemented processes to prevent future occurrences. Currently, the former employee was released on bail set at $50,000 after being charged. If he is found guilty, he faces a maximum statutory sentence of five years in jail and a $250,000 fine. He is also currently in the U.S. on an H1 visa and if found guilty, could face possible deportation.
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