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SOURCE Yarbrough Law Group
Law firm's investigation of computer hacking leads to criminal corporate espionage conviction
DALLAS, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A trade secret theft lawsuit filed by Yarbrough Law Group PC founder Matthew Yarbrough of Dallas has led to a criminal conviction for a Plano, Texas, executive based on federal felony computer hacking charges.
On March 1, 2013, a Dallas federal court jury convicted Michael Musacchio, 61, of conspiracy related to the hacking of the computer network for Exel Transportation Services, where he once served as president.
Court documents say Mr. Musacchio and others hacked Exel's computers so they could direct Exel's clients to Frisco, Texas-based Total Transportation Services LLC, where Mr. Musacchio and his affiliates had recently been hired. Mr. Musacchio was found guilty of one felony count of conspiracy to make unauthorized access to a protected computer (hacking) and two substantive felony counts of computer hacking. Each conviction carries a maximum statutory penalty of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
"The trade secret theft case we launched on behalf of Exel Transportation in 2006 resulted in a $10 million settlement from Total Transportation," says Mr. Yarbrough, a former federal prosecutor and Dallas trade secret theft trial lawyer. "Much of the evidence we gathered in the civil case served as the foundation for the corporate espionage case that convicted Mr. Musacchio in federal criminal court."
Key evidence amassed by Mr. Yarbrough included email communications between Mr. Musacchio and fellow former Exel Transportation Services employee Joseph Roy Brown, who pleaded guilty to related charges in 2011. In one email exchange, Musacchio asked Brown, "Now the next question is, how are we going to get into email after you leave?" To which, Brown replied, "Not a problem … I have the back door password that only I know and no one else can change." Mr. Musacchio's reply: "beauty!"
Yarbrough Law Group is a Dallas-based firm that represents businesses and individuals in business litigation, labor and employment matters, intellectual property, white collar criminal defense, data security, data breach, privacy issues, governmental compliance, immigration and internal investigations. The firm represents international and Fortune 500 firms, including MGM Resorts International, Dave & Buster's and many others. More information is available at http://www.yarbroughlawgroup.com.
For more information on the civil Exel Transportation trade secret theft case, please contact Dave Moore at 1-800-559-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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