A statement said that an Indian national has been sentenced to two years in prison by a California court. After being dismissed by his company, the Indian visited its server and deleted more than 1,200 Microsoft user accounts.

Deepanshu Kher was arrested while flying from India to the United States on January 11, 2021. He was unaware of the pending order to arrest him.

“This kind of sabotage is destructive to the company,” acting US attorney Randy Grossman said on Tuesday.

U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Huff pointed out that Kerr carried out a major and complex attack on the company, which was planned and apparently in retaliation.

In addition to the two years in custody, Judge Hoff also sentenced Kher to three years of supervised release and compensation to the company in the amount of US$567,084 (approximately Rs 4 crore), which was the company’s efforts to solve Kher’s problems. The amount paid.

According to court documents, Kher was employed by an information technology consulting company from 2017 to May 2018. In 2017, Carlsbad Company hired the consulting company to assist in its migration to the Microsoft Office 365 (MS O365) environment. In response, the consulting company sent its employee Kher to the company’s Carlsbad headquarters to assist in the relocation.

The company was dissatisfied with Kher’s work and communicated their dissatisfaction to the consulting company immediately after Kher’s arrival. In January 2018, the consulting firm removed Kher from the company’s headquarters.

A few months later, on May 4, 2018, the company fired Kher. One month later, in June 2018, Kher returned to Delhi, India.

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On August 8, 2018, two months after returning to India, Kher hacked Carlsbad’s servers and deleted more than 1,200 of the 1,500 MS O365 user accounts.

Federal prosecutors claimed that the attack affected most of the company’s employees and completely shut down the company for two days.

As the company’s vice president of information technology (IT) explained, this impact can be felt both inside and outside the company.

Prosecutors said that employees’ accounts were deleted and they could not access their emails, contact lists, meeting calendars, documents, company directories, video and audio conferences, and the virtual team environment they needed to perform their work.


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