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Long list of charges await alleged hacker

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — A Rio Rancho man is facing felony charges of computer abuse, embezzlement, fraud and burglary after hacking into servers at Roadrunner Wireless Internet Service, where he was employed as a technician for 16 years, according to police reports.

Officials said police launched an investigation into Gordon Logan’s actions after RWIS fired him Aug. 10 for allegedly changing pass codes, re-routing email systems, altering support telephone numbers and stealing equipment from the business.

LOGAN: Arrested first on Nov. 5, again Nov. 6

LOGAN: Arrested first on Nov. 5, again Nov. 6

As a result of that investigation, Logan, 50, was arrested on Nov. 5, according to Rio Rancho Police Capt. Paul Rogers.

But that didn’t stop him, added Rogers. A second warrant was issued Nov. 6 on allegations Logan misrepresented himself as a Roadrunner Wireless employee to gain access to a customer’s tower site and interrupt service by installing a scrambler on a RWIS-owned antenna.

Officials also seized several electronic devices from Logan’s home for forensic analysis.

“I would say it takes it a step past just being a disgruntled employee” Rogers said. “They charge him with all of this stuff, and then he goes and does more the next day.”

Moreover, court documents report Logan became hostile toward RWIS employees when he was being terminated in August and the Albuquerque Police Department was called in to remove him from the Internet service provider’s property at 5722 Second NW.

Logan is free after posting a $15,000 bond last month.

“There are safety concerns,” said Charles Benns, RWIS managing partner. “It’s been a nightmare … it’s a mess. To be honest, people are just scared.”

Attempts to reach Logan were unsuccessful.

Rogers said he is due back in Sandoval County District Court in January.

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