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Former CEO / CTO Pleads Guilty To Cyber Attack

Now here’s an interesting bit of news, the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) has just announced that a man by the name of Khalid Shaikh (a former CEO of YouSendIt.com) has pleaded guilty to launching a cyber attack against his former employer.

Shaikh has just been released on a $100,000 bail and will be sentenced on September 29th. Now, this is not to say that all CEOs are angels with golden wings, but it goes to show you that hackers come in all shapes and sizes.

Shaikh was one of the founders of the YouSendIt platform in 2004 and was made CEO in 2005. In 2006, he served as the CTO (Chief Technology Officer). Before he left the company, he uploaded an ApacheBench benchmarking program to YouSendIt’s web servers which disabled the servers from being able to handle legitimate traffic.

We are not sure if Shaikh had a quarrel with another high-ranking employee or what triggered him to do this, but it was done. In 2009, Shaikh was indicted on four counts of transmission of a code to cause damage to a computer.

Just this week, Shaikh has admitted guilt to one of the four counts. Next month’s sentencing may mean up to five years in prison, three years of probation, and fines of up to $250,000. If he is a first time offender, he might “only” get a couple years in the slammer.

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