OH Man Charged with Staging Attack

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 @ 09:11 AM gHale


A Stow, Ohio, man, who worked as a contractor for Eaton Corp. is now facing one count of transmitting and attempting to transmit computer codes, programs or commands, intending to cause damage to a protected computer, officials said.

Arturas Samoilovas, 35, is facing one count of transmitting and attempting to transmit computer codes, programs or commands, intending to cause damage to a protected computer, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cleveland office.

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“This defendant sought to disrupt a company’s operations through its computer system,” Dettelbach said after unsealing a federal indictment.

“Mr. Samoilovas, a former contractor at Eaton with considerable knowledge of the company’s computer networks, must be held responsible for his criminal actions,” Anthony said. “If activated, his placement of malicious software, also known as ‘malware’, would have caused significant damage to Eaton Corporation’s internal computer network.”

Samoilovas worked at Eaton as a contract employee between November 2013 and May 21, 2014, where he worked as a financial analyst. Samoilovas applied for several other positions at Eaton prior to the expiration of his temporary employment contract, but did not end up hired, according to the indictment.

On or about May 21, 2014, Samoilovas accessed the Eaton Corporation computer system and inserted malicious computer codes, programs or instructions which would delete files or data from the Eaton Corporation computer system, according to the indictment. The malicious code ended up discovered after Samoilovas contacted a former co-worker on May 23, 2014, and disclosed the existence of the malicious code, according to the indictment.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert W. Kern will prosecute the case following an investigation by the Cleveland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.



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