Vikas Singla, chief operating officer of the Atlanta-based network security company, was arrested and charged with allegedly hacking a local non-profit health care provider in 2018.
Singla, 45, appeared for the first time in federal court on Thursday and was charged on 18 grounds in what the Department of Justice described as a cyber attack on Gwinnett Medical Center.
Prosecutors allege that the defendant broke into computers that controlled the telephone system and 16 printers in hospitals operated by Gwinnett, which operates facilities in Duluth and Lawrenceville, Ga.
Mr. Singla of nearby Marietta is also accused of hacking into a computer belonging to a medical center and stealing information “for commercial gain and private financial gain.”
“This cyber attack on the hospital could not only have catastrophic consequences, but also jeopardize patients’ personal information,” said Chris Hacker, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Atlanta field office. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners are determined to take responsibility for those who allegedly endanger human health and safety when driven by greed,” he said in a statement.
Mr. Singla was not guilty in all respects during his blame and was released on a $ 20,000 bond. Public court records did not list a lawyer who could be contacted.
The indictment against Mr. Singl alleges that he carried out a cyber attack on Gwinnett on September 27 or about September 27, 2018, and that he was assisted and encouraged by another unknown grand jury who accused him.
Gwinnett acknowledged that he was investigating a “security incident” at about the same time as the alleged cyber attack, amid reports that some of his patients’ records had been revealed online.
The indictment, accused by Mr Singla, described him as the COO of a network security company that cares about the healthcare industry. This company is Securolytics, according to the LinkedIn profile on its name.
In a post that disappeared from the Securolytics website, Mr. Singla wrote in 2017 that medical devices connected to the Internet are a “major safety concern,” Engadget said in a statement Friday.
Mr. Single faces 17 points of intentional damage to a protected computer and one retrieval of information from a protected computer, all violations of the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.