A Tennessee man pled guilty to intentionally accessing a competing engineering firm's computer network without proper authorization. He did it for the purpose of stealing trade secrets.
Jason Needham admitted that for more than two years, he would access the servers of his former employer to download engineering schematics and more than 100 documents. Needham also accessed the emails of a former colleague at his old firm in order to see marketing plans, project proposals, fee structures, and other documents in the company's internal document sharing system.
His unauthorized access and downloading involved proprietary business information worth approximately $425,000. DOJ "Tennessee Man Pleads Guilty to Unauthorized Access of Former Employer's Networks," www.justice.gov (Apr. 14, 2017).