Monday, August 07, 2006, 8/07/2006 06:53:00 AM

Trade Secrets and Concrete

From the San Diego Union-Tribune, a story about a guilty plea from a former employee who hacked into his former employer's computer system in order to steal bid information on a concrete job.

According to the article, the employee, Benjamin Muñoz, took advantage of easy-to-figure computer passwords at his former employer, T.B. Penick & Sons Inc., to break into a computer system and get figures for a concrete bid for a big construction project. He then used the 136 pages of documents he printed at home to help the new employer, Progressive Concrete Images Inc. of Escondido, California, bid on the same job without having to recalculate how much concrete to use or how many people to hire.

Prosecutor Mitch Dembin said he would ask federal Judge John A. Houston to sentence Muñoz to two years in prison.

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