A hacker who launched a cyber-attack against the New Hampshire police department and the Farnum Center has been sentenced to prison for a year.
After receiving a suspended sentence for heroin possession, Wayne Kenney Jr. broke into the computer systems of the Farnum Center, an addiction treatment centre based in Manchester, New Hampshire that Kenney attended in 2015.
After gaining access to the Center’s systems on July 1, Kenney re-routed a drug helpline 1-800 telephone number to an adult entertainment business, and changed the Center’s portal so when users logged in, they saw a link to a video that showed heroin being injected.
“The defendant’s reprehensible actions caused significant harm to entities that seek to help the public,” said Acting US Attorney John Farley in a statement. “By disabling access to drug and alcohol treatment information, the defendant cruelly impeded innocent people from getting help for their substance abuse problems. His actions also harmed innocent public servants in Auburn.”
Kenney then proceeded to hack the APD’s computer systems and installed malware that caused pop-up messages to appear on the department’s computers, praying for the death of Kenney’s arresting officer. He also took over email and social media accounts belonging to APD employees and posted pornography.
The attacks were carried out between February and July of 2015 using a keyboard stroke logger, computer viruses, and phishing emails. Kenney pleaded guilty in November 2020 to unauthorized access to a computer and causing damage to protected computers, and was sentenced on Tuesday 25th May in US District Court in Concord.
“You can’t hide in the shadows of the internet and hack into computers and impede others from accessing emergency substance abuse treatment services and get away with it,” said Joseph Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Division.