A Sterling man pleaded guilty Tuesday to intentionally damaging his former employer’s computer network.
According to court documents, Martin Mehran Taheri, 33, worked as an information technology operations manager at a data optimization company in Northern Virginia until November 2016. Following his termination from the company, Taheri repeatedly accessed his former employer’s network without authorization between December 2016 and February 2017. Then, in late July 2017, Taheri logged into his former employer’s network, powered off the company’s servers, and partially cleared an event log. Taheri’s actions rendered his former employer’s websites and commercial services unavailable until power to the servers was restored.
Taheri pleaded guilty to intentionally damaging a computer by knowing transmission. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
His sentencing is scheduled for July 27. According to the office of Acting United States Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick, actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.