The company contacted the FBI and got to work on both restoring their
data and assisting in the investigation. Fortunately, the company had a
robust backup system, so employees restored the data within days.
the company shared critical information from its network’s access logs
and other records, which helped the FBI track the IP address of the
hacker. After getting a search warrant based on that information, agents
found overwhelming evidence against Kight in his San Clemente,
“In the cyber world, it’s very hard to secure a
network to the point that it’s never breachable, but you can make it as
difficult as possible to break in,” Fowler said.
If someone does
break into a network, having strong activity logging on the network in
place beforehand can help authorities track the hacker.
The cooperation from the victim company was critical in this case.
December, Kight pleaded guilty to extortion, computer fraud, and wire
fraud. He was sentenced in March to more than seven years in prison.
said it was clear that Kight was perfecting his hacking skills, and
there would have been more victims had he not been caught and
prosecuted. Imposing consequences on hackers who do harm to companies
and individuals is vital.
“I’ve arrested people all over the
world for these types of crimes,” Fowler explained. “The FBI is uniquely
positioned to address these crimes almost anywhere they happen.”