He snooped after being told he was going to be fired. This may have been before the refined audit trails we have in place today, and no word on any actions he took due to snooping. It only took 7 years for this case to be resolved (grin). BD
Huping Zhou was a researcher at the UCLA School of Medicine — he is also a licensed surgeon in China. After being told in 2003 that he was about to be fired for performance issues, he accessed patient records over the course of three weeks.
He started by looking up records of his supervisor and co-workers, and eventually expanded the snooping to celebrities. In all, 323 records were compromised.
Zhou pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four months in jail, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.
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