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Published On: Mon, May 13th, 2019

Brockton Man, Colby Anderson Pleads Guilty to Computer Fraud and Abuse

A Brockton man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston in connection with an August 2018 computer intrusion of a Massachusetts company.

Colby Anderson, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally causing damage to a protected computer without authorization. U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for July 22, 2019. In October 2018, Anderson was arrested and charged by complaint; he was released on conditions.

photo/ Nick Youngson

In July 2018, Anderson was terminated from his position as a Network Operations Center Technician at Blueport Wireless, a high speed internet access provider. Following his termination, Anderson subsequently used his former colleagues’ account login information to delete approximately 120 customer configuration profiles, causing widespread internet service issues at customer facilities.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mackenzie A. Queenin of Lelling’s Cybercrimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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