A Golden Valley, Arizona man, Christopher Paul Murphy, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 12 months and one day in prison for intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization through a phishing email.
According to the Department of Justice, Murphy pleaded guilty in November 2017 for intentionally attempting to access a protected computer system in October 2017 without authorization. He did so, according to the FBI, in an effort to gain information for his own private commercial gain.
Murphy planned to obtain client information of customers of National BiWeekly Mortgage Administration, Inc. (NBA) by causing an email containing malware to be sent to an NBA employee. He also provided a thumb drive to an NBA employee and directed that, in the event the malware failed, the employee should download the company’s client lists onto the thumb drive.
The Department of Justice claimed in a press release that Murphy wanted to use the information to solicit customers to his own similar business.