DALLAS, Texas — Following a five-day trial, a Dallas man was convicted on Friday on charges for computer fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with his hacking of a New York-based technology company, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
30-year-old Tyler C. King of Dallas, Texas, was convicted Friday for conspiracy to commit computer fraud, computer fraud, and two counts of aggravated identity theft — more than a year after his co-conspirator, 30-year-old Ashley St. Andria of Irving, Texas, pled guilty to computer fraud.
According to evidence presented at trial, King, the founder of a defunct Texas computer repair company, conspired with St. Andria in 2015 to gain access to the computer network of the tech company, which employed St. Andria.
"While on the company’s network, King and St. Andria created unauthorized administrator accounts that gave them access to proprietary company information, including real-time access to the emails of senior company executives, personnel files, and financial records," stated a release from the Justice Department. "In response to the company shutting down the fake administrator accounts, King regained access to the network with the assistance of St. Andria, stole proprietary business records, and – through a series of sophisticated steps, including the use of password-cracking programs – bypassed the company’s security measures. In doing so, King illegally used the credentials of two company employees based overseas."
King faces at least 2 years and up to 19 years in prison, a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 3 years, and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for April 3, 2020 before Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.
St. Andria pled guilty to computer fraud on August 15, 2018, and is scheduled for sentencing on February 13, 2020, also before McAvoy.