OIG Investigative Reports, Former Federal Computer Security Specialist Pleads Guilty to Hacking Department of Education Computer Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigative Report U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2006 www.usdoj.gov CRM (202) 514-2007 TDD (202) 514-1888 PRESS RELEASE Former Federal Computer Security Specialist Pleads Guilty to Hacking Department of Education Computer WASHINGTON, DC – Kenneth Kwak, 34, of Chantilly, Va., pleaded guilty today in the District of Columbia federal court before U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth to a one-count information charging him with unauthorized access to a protected computer in furtherance of a criminal or tortious act, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein for the District of Columbia announced today. According to a statement of facts filed with the guilty plea, Kwak was a system auditor working on federal information security management audits as a member of the Department of Education's Office of Inspector General. Kwak placed software on his supervisor's computer which enabled him to access the computer's storage at will. He later used that access on numerous occasions to view his supervisor's e-mail and Internet activity as well as other communications, and to share those communications with others in his office. Kwak carried out his crime and invaded his supervisor's privacy for personal entertainment; there is no indication he profited financially from his actions. "This case is an example of our zero-tolerance approach to public corruption and computer hacking, and highlights the excellent working relationship between our office and the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division," said U.S. Attorney Wainstein. Kwak faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for the crimes to which he pleaded guilty. A sentencing date has been set for May 12, 2006. The matter was investigated by the Computer Crime Investigations Division of the Department of Education's Inspector General’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Senior Counsel William Yurek (cross-designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office), along with assistance by Trial Attorney Howard Cox, both of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in the DOJ Criminal Division. The prosecution was part of the "zero-tolerance policy" recently adopted by the U.S. Attorney’s office regarding intrusions into U.S. government computer systems. 06-106 Top Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 03/07/2006 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Former Federal Computer Security Specialist Pleads Guilty to Hacking Department of Education Computer. Washington, DC, March 1, 2006
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2006-03-01.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.