OIG Investigative Reports, Former Federal Computer Security Specialist Sentenced for 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 Press Release For Immediate Release May 12, 2006 www.usdoj.gov CRM (202) 514-2008 TDD (202) 514-1888 Former Federal Computer Security Specialist Sentenced for Hacking Department of Education Computer WASHINGTON, DC – Kenneth Kwak, 34, of Chantilly, Va., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth to five months in prison followed by five months of home confinement, based upon Kwak’s conviction for gaining unauthorized access to and obtaining information from a Department of Education computer system, the Department of Justice announced today. Kwak’s sentence results from his March 2006 guilty plea to one count of intentionally gaining unauthorized access to a government computer and thereby obtaining information. In his plea, Kwak, who had been working in an office responsible for ensuring the security of Department of Education computer systems, admitted that he had placed software on a 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 intra-office and Internet email as well as his other Internet activity and communications; Kwak then shared this information with others in his office. As part of today’s sentence, Judge Lamberth also ordered Kwak to pay restitution to the U.S. government in the amount of $40,000 and serve a three-year term of supervised release. The five months of home confinement with electronic monitoring was ordered as a special condition of this term of supervised release. The matter was investigated by the Computer Crime Investigations Division of the Department of Education Inspector General’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Senior Counsel William Yurek, cross-designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, with assistance by Trial Attorney Howard Cox, both of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the 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. 06-285 Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 05/17/2006 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 Sentenced for Hacking Department of Education Computer. Washington, DC, May 12, 2006
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2006-05-12.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.