A Texas man has been indicted in Pittsburgh on charges of hacking into the computer system of a local healthcare company where he had previously worked and deleting information, and using an employee's ID to buy electronics from Staples.
Brandon Coughlin, 29, of Houston, was named in a two-count indictment charging him with intentional damage to a protected computer and wire fraud, the U.S. attorney's office announced Monday afternoon.
The indictment was handed up Feb. 28. Mr. Coughlin was arrested in Texas. He was due to be arraigned Monday in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh.
According to the charges, the healthcare company hired Mr. Coughlin in January 2013 as an in-house computer systems administrator. He was asked to resign in February 2013.
The U.S. attorney's office declined to identify the company. Prosecutors said he he used the administrative passwords he had from his employment to hack into the computer system on Sept. 18, 2013, disabling all the administrative accounts needed to control the servers, and deleted business data and patient information.
He is also accused of using an employee's user name and password to place an order in the employee's name to buy computer tablets on the Staples website.