Detection of keystroke logging software leads to conviction of hacker

Incident Date: December 2004
Incident Location: Tempe AZ USA

Anthony Todd Banasack pled guilty in November 2004 to a single felony charge of accessing a computer to steal data. The Tempe Arizona resident was subsequently sentenced to 16 months in state prison by California Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta.

Authorities say that Mr. Banasack hacked into the computers of eight different California businesses and illegally copied files and emails over a two or three-year period. Over 6,000 data files were found on his computers. He was caught after keystroke logging software was detected on one San Diego company’s computer.

Some of the data Mr. Banasack stole included mortgage refinancing leads, which he resold to competitors and pocketed the proceeds.

Story Sources

Title: Hacker Gets 16 Months In Prison
Date: 12/9/2004
Publication: NBC San Diego 7/39
Publication Location: San Diego CA USA
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