CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former network engineer accused of shutting down an oil and gas company's computer network for a month last year has been indicted on federal charges.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Wednesday the deletion of phone system accounts, backup data and accounting data cost Charleston-based EnerVest Operating LLC about $1 million in losses.
EnerVest was unable to fully communicate or conduct business from June 26 until July 27, 2012.
Thirty-four-year-old Ricky Joe Mitchell of Mableton, Ga., was indicted Tuesday on charges he recklessly damaged a protected computer.
Mitchell doesn't have a telephone listing and it wasn't immediately clear whether he has an attorney.
The indictment says Mitchell knowingly erased backup information on a protected computer, then disabled a data-replication system that was designed to send backup data to Houston, Texas.
Created: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 01:15:09 EST
Updated: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 01:15:09 EST