I.T. Specialist Charged in Cyber Intrusion of Suburban Chicago Health Care Company
CHICAGO — An information technology specialist has been indicted on a federal criminal charge for
allegedly hacking into
the server of a suburban Chicago health care company where he formerly worked as a contractor.
AARON LOCKNER illegally accessed the server of the health care company, which operated a clinic in
Oak Lawn, Ill., on
April 16, 2018, according to an indictment returned Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. The
impaired medical examinations, treatment, and care of multiple individuals, the indictment states.
previously performed information security and technology work for the health care company and had
access to its computer
network, the indictment alleges. Two months before the cyber attack, Lockner sought and was denied
position with the health care company, the indictment states.
The indictment charges Lockner, 35, of Downers Grove, Ill., with one count of intentionally causing
damage to a
protected computer. Arraignment in federal court in Chicago has not yet been scheduled.
The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern
District of Illinois. The
government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney A.J. Dixon.
The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed
innocent and entitled to a
fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The charge in the indictment is punishable by up to ten years in federal prison. If convicted, the
Court must impose a
reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines