On December 13, 2017, Edward Soybel was arrested on cyber hacking charges related to his alleged role in illegally accessing the servers of W.W. Grainger Inc. (“Grainger”).  The indictment states that Soybel intentionally caused damage to Grainger’s inventory management program.  Soybel worked at Grainger as a technical support contractor until he was terminated in early 2016.  The indictment charges Soybel with ten counts of intentionally causing damage to protected computers, one count of attempting to cause damage to protected computers, and one count of attempting to access a protected computer without authorization.  Intentionally causing damage to protected computers and attempting to cause damage to protected computers are each punishable by up to ten years in prison.  Attempting to access a protected computer without authorization is punishable by up to one year.  United States v. Soybel, 17-cr-796 (N.D.Ill.)

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