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Long Island Programmer Accused Of Hacking Former Employer

U.S. Attorney: Campaign Of Cyber Vandalism And High-Tech Revenge'
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CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) - A Long Island programmer and systems manager is charged with hacking into his former employer’s computer system and causing more than $90,000 in damage.

Federal prosecutors say Michael Meneses was upset that he’d been passed over for a promotion. They say the alleged activity occurred after he quit in December 2011.

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch says the defendant engaged in a “campaign of cyber vandalism and high-tech revenge.”

The company is not named. Court papers say it manufactures high voltage power supply materials.

Meneses is free on $50,000 bond following his court appearance Thursday.

His attorney, federal public defender Tracey Gaffey, declined to comment.

Authorities say FBI agents traced some of the alleged hacking to a North Carolina motel where Meneses was staying.

Meneses faces prison time and $250,000 in fines.

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