On June 12, 2017, Timothy Sedlak was sentenced to 18 months in prison for attempting to gain unauthorized access to the computer network of a global, New York-based charitable organization (the “Organization”) and, in doing so, causing damage to the Organization’s computers. According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court proceedings, from June 2015 to July 2015, computers associated with Sedlak’s residence in Florida made nearly 400,000 attempts to gain unauthorized access to the Organization’s computer network. As a result of these attempts, numerous Organization employees had trouble accessing their email accounts and conducting their regular business functions. Pursuant to a search warrant executed at Sedlak’s residence, the U.S. Secret Service (“USSS”) seized 31 computers and electronics devices that contained known hacking software. A forensic examination of these devices revealed that, in addition to the Organization, Sedlak had targeted political organizations, law firms, financial firms, and businesses. Sedlak told USSS agents that he hoped to sell the information he found. United States v. Sedlak, 1:15-CR-00812 (S.D.N.Y.).
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