Ex-Toyota contractor found guilty of hacking

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A computer programmer from central Kentucky who once did contract work for Toyota remains in federal custody after being convicted of hacking into and damaging computers used by the automobile maker.

A federal jury this week found Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed guilty of intentionally sabotaging and crashing Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky's supplier computer network.

The five-day trial concluded Tuesday in federal court in Lexington.

Prosecutors say Shahulhameed, a citizen of India, did more than $5,000 in damage to the company's computers on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24, 2012 at the Scott County Camry plant. Prosecutors say Shahulhameed rendered the system in operable in some cases and, in others, prevented other Toyota employees from accessing the system.

Shahulhameed is scheduled for sentencing May 8.

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