By Peter Hermann
The Baltimore Sun
September 9, 2010
It happened one day last year, as more than a dozen board members of a
Baltimore substance abuse center had gathered around a conference room.
The CEO was giving a PowerPoint presentation on his accomplishments.
Suddenly, his computer shut down, then restarted, replacing the latest
slide with an image of a naked woman onto a 64-inch screen. The board
members include city officials and foundation heads and is chaired by
Baltimore's health commissioner.
Today, Baltimore's State's Attorney's Office announced a grand jury had
indicted Walter Powell, 51, with hacking into the computer system. They
described him as a disgruntled worker who allegedly used his home
computer to access the system, distribute confidential emails from his
boss and break into the presentation.
The CEO of the Baltimore Substance Abuse System Inc., which distributes
public funds to more than 50 substance abuse programs helping thousands
of people, told me the attack cost $80,000 -- mostly to rebuild the
system, replace software and upgrade security measures.
The CEO, Greg Warren, said no confidential information leaked out.
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