Keys man charged in computer hacking

Brags to police that he beat computer system

Published On: Mar 25 2012 07:11:29 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 26 2012 08:57:54 AM EDT
Salvadore Zappullo
KEY WEST, Fla. -

A Key West man has been arrested and charged with illegally accessing computers that belong to the Key Largo Water Treatment Facility.

Salvatore Zappullo used to work at the facility, but his contract was not renewed. He used usernames and passwords of other current employees to access the system from home.

Zappullo bragged to police detectives who interviewed him on March 14th, saying he was able to prove the computer system was not secure. Zappullo downloaded emails and documents from the system pertaining to him.

Paul Christian, the facility's computer manager, called police last February after he suspected hacking. He told police that while doing a routine check of the email system, he found a number of emails addressed to what he recognized as Zappullo's personal email address.

Zuppollo faces 9 misdemeanor and 21 felony counts, and was booked into jail.