Brooklyn woman pleads guilty to unauthorized intrusion into Credit Union’s computer system | USAO-EDNY
Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Juliana Barile pleaded guilty to one count of computer intrusion resulting from the accused’s unauthorized intrusion and destruction of data on the computer system of ‘a New York credit union (the “Credit Union”) following her termination as an employee of the Credit Union. The guilty plea took place before US District Judge Eric N. Vitaliano. Once convicted, Barile faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine.
Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, Deputy Director in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the guilty plea .
“In an act of revenge for being fired, Barile surreptitiously accessed the computer system of his former employer, a New York credit union, and deleted mortgage applications and other sensitive information kept on his server. files, ”Acting US Attorney Kasulis said. “Protecting private financial data from compromise or destruction by unauthorized computer intrusions is a high priority for this office. Ms. Kasulis also thanked the New York City Police Department for their invaluable assistance in the case.
Ms. Barile may have thought she would get revenge on her employer by deleting files, but she hurt clients just as much. Her little revenge not only created a huge security risk for the bank, but the clients who depended on it. Also paperwork and permissions to pay for their house got into trouble, “FBI Deputy Director Driscoll said.” An insider threat can wreak as much, if not more, than an outside criminal. The bank and customers are now faced with the enormous headache of fixing the selfish actions of an employee.
According to the documents filed by the court, Barile was fired from her position as a part-time employee of the Credit Union on May 19, 2021. Two days later, on May 21, 2021, Barile remotely accessed the file server of the Credit Union and deleted over 20,000 files and nearly 3,500 directories, totaling approximately 21.3 gigabytes of data. The deleted data included files related to mortgage loan applications and Credit Union’s ransomware protection software. Barile also opened confidential files. After accessing the computer server without authorization and destroying files, Barile texted a friend explaining that “I deleted their shared network documents”, referring to the Credit Union share drive. To date, the Credit Union has spent approximately $ 10,000 to remedy Barile’s unauthorized intrusion and data destruction.
The government’s case is handled by the Office’s Cybercrime Working Group and the National Security and Cybercrime Section. Deputy prosecutors for the United States, David K. Kessler and Meredith A. Arfa, are responsible for the prosecution.
The Eastern District of New York Cybercrime Task Force was formed in May 2021 to address cybercrime, which is proliferating in the United States, including this district, as well as internationally. The objectives of the Working Group are to initiate cybercrime investigations and prosecutions, disseminate information on emerging cybercrime issues and trends, and increase awareness of a wide variety of cybercrime schemes. The task force works with our traditional law enforcement partners, including the FBI, the United States Secret Service, Homeland Security Investigations and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration. The task force also coordinates with regulatory partners, including the United States Securities & Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as state and local counterparts, such as the New State Department of Financial Services. York, the New York City Cyber Command, and the New York City Police Department.
Brooklyn, New York
EDNY file n ° 21-CR-441 (ENV)