Former Trooper Hacks into FMCSA Database

  • March 22, 2019

According to a one-count federal criminal charge of computer-related fraud announced on March 19 by the U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General, a former trooper gained access to the sensitive data via credentials he obtained while working for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Former trooper, Gary Scott Stratton, recently pleaded guilty to gaining unauthorized entry into DOT’s Computer Driver’s License Information System that contained records related to holders of CDLs (commercial driver licenses), according to his plea.

Stratton was an Alabama state trooper from 2010 to 2018 and also a USDOT/FMCSA/CVSA certified Level 1 inspector from 2000 to 2018.

Court documents did not specify the data that Stratton might have acquired.

“When Stratton accessed the portal without authorization, he obtained information about upcoming FMCSA safety inspections of the clients of Company A. Stratton did so to gain a commercial advantage, in that he intended to share the information with the clients of Company A and therefore improve the commercial services provided by Company A to the clients,” the plea agreement said.

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