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Feds file fraud charge in Columbia Sportswear hacking case

Author: Jeff Manning / Source:

When a former employee hacked into Columbia Sportswear’s computer network, the company called it a “flagrant invasion.” Federal prosecutors claim it was a crime. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian)

Federal prosecutors sent a message to would-be hackers Thursday, filing a single count of computer fraud against Michael Leeper, the former Columbia Sportswear information technology manager who allegedly continued to log in to the company’s computer system for years after he quit.

Leeper worked for Columbia for 14 years, topping out as director of technical infrastructure, which gave him virtually unlimited access to Columbia’s…

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