Columbia Sportswear Accuses Former Employee Of Hacking

By Steven Trader (March 2, 2017, 3:00 PM EST) -- Columbia Sportswear Co. on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Oregon federal court accusing a former employee in its information technology department of illegally hacking into its computer system after he resigned and assessing highly confidential company information for the benefit of the company's business partner that hired him.

Michael Leeper, who formerly held a high-level position IT position at Columbia, allegedly created a fake network account the day before he left the company for a job at technology consulting firm Denali Advanced Integration in mid-February 2014. He then used that account to hack into the sporting goods maker's system nearly 700...

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