Hector Navarro, a former employee of Century 21's Manhattan department store, has been charged with breaching the company's network to steal and alter data, the Manhattan district attorney announced. According to court documents, Navarro, who worked as a systems administrator and manager at the company, set up a "superuser" account on the company's network, which enabled him to access the network after he left the company in October 2019.
- With his "superuser" account, Navarro tampered with user accounts, deleted data related to consultants hired to replace him, and made changes to the company's holiday payroll policy.
- New York-based Century 21 Department Stores is a chain of department stores with 13 locations in the northeastern United States.
- Close to one-third of data breaches are caused by insider threats, such as disgruntled former employees, according to Verizon's latest Data Breach Investigations Report.