Rogue ex-Cisco employee who crippled WebEx conferences and cost Cisco millions gets two years in US prison

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A former Cisco employee who went medieval on his former employer and cost the company millions, has been sentenced to two years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Sudhish Kasaba Ramesh was employed by Switchzilla for less than two years but left in April 2018. Five months later he used access credentials to get back into Cisco’s systems and deleted virtual machines on Webex – borking more than 16,000 WebEx Teams accounts for two weeks in some cases and costing Cisco $2.4m in refunds and repair work.

Northern California District Judge Lucy Koh, sentenced Ramesh to 24 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of Intentionally Accessing a Protected Computer Without Authorization and Recklessly Causing Damage. Ramesh had been trying for a green card at the time of his crimes, and it’s safe to say this won’t look good on his application.

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