A Florida woman has been found guilty of accessing a protected computer and “recklessly causing damage” to a business after her employer failed to revoke her access following her dismissal.
A jury returned a guilty verdict on August 16 against Medghyne Calonge, 41, on one count of intentionally causing damage to a protected computer and one count of accessing a protected computer and recklessly causing damage.
Both counts relate to Calonge’s deletion of tens of thousands of human resources records at her former employer, according to a US Department of Justice (DoJ) press release.
In January 2019, Calonge was hired by a Manhattan-based employers to serve as the head of human resources in their Florida office, the DoJ said.
“While she was being terminated, and just before she was escorted from the building, Calonge was observed by two employees… repeatedly hitting the delete key on her desktop computer,” according to the DoJ.
Calonge is later alleged to have “rampaged” through the company’s internal network, deleting more than 17,000 job applications and resumes, and leaving a string of profanities on the system.