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State contractor accused of computer crime

State contractor accused of computer crime

A contractor for the state arrested for alledgedly using his computer access to make changes to othe

A contractor for the state has been arrested, accused of illegally using his computer access to make changes to other accounts’ passwords, state police said today.

James Burton, 52, of Delmar, was charged last week with one count of felony computer trespass.

Burton is accused of using a limited administrator account to change other account passwords without authorization, police said.

Burton was working for the state Office of Information Technology Services at the Swan Street offices in Albany as a private contractor through a contract with C&C Consulting, state police said.

A press release did not allege a motive, or indicate how the action impacted the operations.

The computer account Burton allegedly used was immediately disabled after the action was discovered, police said.

Burton was released to return to court Wednesday. The investigation is continuing.

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