Woman accused of hacking Houston organ bank indicted

Former director of information technology is alleged to have deleted donor information and other files after being fired from a Houston organ bank.

On Tuesday, the FBI announced the indictment of a former technology director accused of hacking into the system at a Houston organ bank and deleting patient files.

The indictment alleges that Danielle Duann, 50, illegally accessed and damaged LifeGift Organ Donation Center's database in November 2005, shortly after she was fired as director of information technology for the company. She is alleged to have deleted organ donation database records and accounting invoice files from the network. LifeGift said that all of the records were restored from a backup and that no patients were put into jeopardy.

At the time of her dismissal, LifeGift revoked of all Duann's passwords and privileges to the network. On November 7 and 8, 2005, she allegedly re-entered the network and deleted files containing organ donor information and other related organ and tissue recovery work, according to a Department of Justice press release.

If convicted, Duann faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

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