Computer hacking is a federal crime that can earn you 10 years of prison time plus a $250,000 fine for each count. (Photo: Thinkstock/Darrin Klimek)

Contrary to popular belief, most cyber attacks or data breaches don’t come from outside a company. The majority are the result of mistake, for example, when an employee loses a laptop computer containing customer data. But a number of attacks are by former employees who may still have access to the company’s sensitive data or systems. In one such case, an IT engineer has been convicted on criminal charges of hacking the internal computer network of Locke Lord after he stopped working for the global law firm four years ago.

A federal jury in Dallas found the former employee, Anastasio N. Laoutaris, guilty of two counts of knowingly accessing a computer network without authorization and intentionally issuing commands and codes that caused damage to the network.

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