IT security exec sentenced for cyberattack on Georgia hospital

A cybersecurity executive, who breached the computer system of Lawrenceville, Ga.-based Gwinnett Medical Center in 2018 in an effort to improve his company's financials, has been sentenced to two years of home detention after paying more than $800,000 in restitution, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported June 21.

Vikas Singla, 48, was sentenced June 17 after pleading guilty in November to a single charge under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. His attorneys stated in a court filing that Mr. Singla is profoundly remorseful for his "extremely reckless and potentially dangerous" conduct.

Mr. Singla served as the COO of Atlanta-based healthcare network security company Securolytics during the attack on Gwinnett. He was indicted on June 8, 2021.

The Justice Department said that Mr. Singla's cyberattack on Gwinnett Medical Center disrupted the hospital's phone service, stole information from a digital device and interfered with network printer services.

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