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Former Viewsonic employee hit with hacking charge

by Nikola Strahija on February 7th, 2003 A Viewsonic Corp. employee who was terminated early last year was arrested this morning on federal charges of hacking into the company's computer system and wiping out critical data that shut down a computer server central to the company's operations outside the United States.

Andy Garcia, 39, Montebello, Calif., was arrested following an indictment returned on Jan. 28 by a Los Angeles federal grand jury. The indictment accuses Garcia of unauthorized access to a protected computer and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Viewsonic, a computer monitor manufacturer with more than $1 billion in annual revenue, employed Garcia as a network administrator at the company's Walnut, Calif. office where he maintained computer servers and had access to system passwords for management employees.

According to court documents, Garcia had allegedly accessed Viewsonic's computer system on April 14, 2002, approximately two weeks after he had been terminated, deleting critical files on a server he maintained while employed by the company. The loss of these files rendered the server inoperative, and Viewsonic's Taiwan office was unable to access important data for several days.

Garcia is expected to make an initial appearance on the charges this afternoon in Los Angeles United States District Court. If convicted, he faces a maximum possible sentence of 15 years in federal prison.

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