Investigators believe a contractor used administrator access temporarily granted to him by the state Office of Information Technology Services to change more than two dozen account passwords with its network.
James Burton, 52, pleaded not guilty to one felony count of computer trespass in Albany County Court Thursday. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.
Police said Burton unlawfully accessed the computer system network using his administrative account on Oct. 10.
Previously, Burton was granted administrative access to the network as a contract help desk professional. After his contract was terminated, he was told he was no longer an authorized administrator and could not log into his account.
Yet Burton used his administrative account to change the passwords of 29 separate accounts, according to state police. He had access to files with Child Protective Services and private health information.