Hospital Computer Hacker Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison

DALLAS, Texas — The former leader of a computer-hacking group called the Electronik Tribulation Army was sentenced Thursday to more than 9 years in prison for installing malware on the computers of a Texas hospital. Jesse William McGraw, whose hacker name is “GhostExodus”, must also pay $31,881 in restitution.

McGraw, 26, worked as a nighttime security guard at Northern Central Medical Plaza at the time he was installing malware on the hospital’s computers, Wired reports. He came to the FBI’s attention after he posted two videos of himself in the hospital on YouTube. One video showed him installing RxBot on a desktop computer; in another, he displayed a cellphone jammer, lock picks and fake FBI credentials.

McGraw also installed the remote-access program LogMeIn on the facility’s HVAC system. The system controls heating, ventilation and air conditioning for the first and second floors of the North Central Surgery Center. If McGraw had interfered with the HVAC system, it could have affected patients during hot weather or caused drugs and other medical supplies to go bad, according to the FBI.

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