Tampa woman faces 15 years for wreaking havoc on her employer’s computer system after being fired

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Tampa woman is facing 15 years in prison for damaging her employer’s computer system after being fired from her company in 2019.

Medghyne Calonge, 41, was hired in January 2019 as a human resources manager in the St. Petersburg office of a New York-based online professional services provider. She was fired from the company in June 2019 for failing to meet minimum job requirements after, among other things, improperly degrading a colleague’s access to a computer system following an argument with him. colleague, according to the indictment and the evidence at his trial.

Just before being escorted out of the building, Calonge was seen by two employees “repeatedly” pressing the delete key on her desktop computer. Hours later, investigators said she logged back into the company’s computer system and began deleting applications and resumes. She also left messages with profanity for the company to find. More than 17,000 job applications and resumes have been deleted due to his conduct, authorities said.

“Over the next two days, Calonge went on a rampage on System-1, deleting over 17,000 applications and CVs, and leaving messages containing profanity inside the system,” the press release said. “In the end, Calonge completely destroyed all of Employer-1’s data in System-1.”

Authorities said the company spent about $100,000 investigating the case and rebuilding its computer system, but was unable to recover all of the data.

On August 16, Calonge was found guilty of one count of intentionally causing damage to a protected computer and one count of accessing a protected computer and recklessly causing damage.

“As a unanimous jury found today, Medghyne Calonge intentionally and maliciously caused serious damage to her former employer’s computers,” U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement Aug. 16. “His actions erased information of vital importance to the employing company, and cost the company money and time to repair them. Calonge now awaits sentencing for his crimes.

Calonge faces 15 years in prison. The number of intentionally damaged computers is punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment, and the number of recklessly damaged computers is punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment.

Gordon K. Morehouse