Former PenAir employee sentenced for 2017 hack
A woman who once held a senior position at PenAir was ordered to perform six work weeks of community service, after she admitted trying to bring down the regional carrier’s reservations system last year.
Suzette Kugler, 59, was ordered Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason to perform 250 hours of community service, according to U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder’s office. She had also paid $5,616 in restitution to the airline by the time of her sentencing.
Kugler entered a January guilty plea to one federal count of committing fraud in connection with the company’s Sabre reservations computers.
Prosecutors said Kugler, who had spent nearly 30 years with PenAir, was “dissatisfied with the circumstances surrounding her departure” when she left the company in February last year.
“The investigation revealed that, upon retirement, Kugler used her specialized knowledge regarding the Sabre database to create fake employee accounts with high-level privileges, without authorization, and then used those accounts to destroy critical information in a series of network intrusions,” prosecutors wrote. “It was discovered that the primary fake employee account used in the intrusions was created by Kugler a week before she left the company.”
PenAir employees were able to restore the systems without suffering significant disruptions.
After completing her community service, Kugler will spend five years on probation.
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