XENIA — An Arizona man has admitted to trying to hack into a Xenia business computer system.
Christopher Paul Murphy, 68, of Golden Valley, Ariz., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization. According to a release from the Department of Justice Southern District of Ohio, Murphy planned to obtain client information of customers of National BiWeekly Mortgage Administration, Inc., in order to use the information to solicit customers to his own similar business.
Benjamin C. Glassman, United States attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Angela L. Byers, special agent in charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, announced the plea entered into before U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice.
The release said Murphy attempted to obtain the information 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.
Murphy pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization, which is a federal crime punishable by up to five years in prison.
Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the FBI and Assistant United States Attorney Brent G. Tabacchi, who is representing the United States in this case.