Welland Park Academy IT Systems Hacked by a Former Employee Who Was Getting Bored
The School Is Not the Only Victim of the 29-year-old Man. An IT Company Also Reported Unauthorized Actions against their Computer Systems.
In retaliation for being fired, a computer expert began to carry out cyberattacks and deleted data from a secondary school’s systems, and changed passwords at an IT firm.
On January 16th, 2021, the 29-year-old man from Northamptonshire managed to gain access to the computer system of Welland Park Academy in Market Harborough, where he had previously been employed.
What Were the Consequences?
Adam Georgeson downloaded and wiped data from computers belonging to Welland Park Academy, and modified the passwords of several employees. No one could access any of the systems.
The attack on the school caused disruption to its remote learning system when students were studying at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The man had been employed at the school as an IT technician but had been fired at the time of the incident.
The 29-year-old man has been arrested for the attack on the school IT system by Leicestershire Police on January 21st. At the time of the arrest, Adam Georgeson was working for an IT firm in Rutland.
And Then He Got Bored Again
The man didn’t stop at the attack on the Welland Park Academy. He also made changes to a Rutland IT company’s system just a month after they fired him. He compromised the company’s network, altered the passwords, and adjusted the phone system used to contact customers.
And all because he got fired.
On March 9, the IT company reported malicious actions against its computer systems and unauthorized activity.
At the beginning of this week, at Leicester Crown Court Georgeson admitted two counts of unauthorized acts with intent to impair operation of or prevent/hinder access to a computer. The man could face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
Detective Constable Anthony Jones declared:
Georgeson said he went into the Welland Park Academy’s system because he was bored and decided to start deleting things.
However, he realized his actions were traceable and would be caught and so his actions became even more malicious.
There was a great deal of resentment towards both his former employers – but that’s no excuse for his actions which caused significant problems for both and could’ve had more damaging consequences.
Georgeson is due to be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on on the 27th of January.