Nikhil Nilesh Shah of New Jersey pleaded guilty before US Magistrate Judge Robert Numbers of the Eastern District of North Carolina to one felony count of causing the transmission of computer code and as a result damaging computers, said Assistant Attorney General Leslie R Caldwell of the Justice Department's Criminal Division.
Mr Shah is scheduled to be sentenced in December this year. According to the indictment, from 2007 to March 2012, Mr Shah was an information technology manager at a company located in North Carolina that developed platforms for the creation of mobile applications and subsequently left the firm to work for another technology company.
According to facts presented to the court in connection with his plea agreement, in June 2012, Mr Shah sent malicious computer code to his former company's computer servers in Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina, causing at least USD 5,000 in damage and deleting much of the company's intellectual property.
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