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Five months later, a programmer who left Cisco used his remaining access to hack the Cisco cloud on AWS and liquidated more than 450 WebEx Teams running virtual machines. He is facing two years in jail now and potential deportation.
A former Cisco employee who killed more than 450 virtual computers after being fired and over 16,000 accounts in the Cisco WebEx Teams service went to jail for two years. Furthermore a $15,000 fine would have to be paid by Sudhish Kasaba Ramesh.
In July 2020, the suspect pleaded guilty to the investigation and made a settlement. Ramesh made an illegal connection to the Cisco cloud infrastructure on Amazon WebServices on September 24, 2018, according to the records, and released some code there that was saved in his Google Cloud Project account.
This culminated in the elimination of 456 virtual machines running Cisco Webex Teams apps, leading to the loss, along with all content, of Webex Teams accounts.
It took almost two weeks for Cisco to get those accounts back up and about $2.4 million in client losses. The consumer data itself was not compromised, however.
Two years to get out of this place
Ramesh got a real prison sentence of two years, despite very minimal harm. He would continue to stay under the control of law enforcement authorities for another year after completing his probation. And this is provided that he is not deported: in the United States, Ramesh has a residency visa, but the possibility of being sent back to India is very high.
Five years and a $250,000 fine might be the highest punishment that awaited Ramesh under American law, even though he was admitted guilty.
Ramesh is known to have quit Cisco five months before the incident – in April 2018. That is, access to one of the essential networks has not been revoked for nearly six months,’ says Mikhail Zaitsev, an information security specialist at SEC Consult Services. “Ramesh is obviously guilty of what he did, but applying the correct approach to security on Cisco’s side would have avoided two million in damage and prevented another prisoner from appearing.”