A computer programmer from central Kentucky who once did contract work for Toyota has been charged with hacking into and damaging computers used by the automobile maker.
The FBI filed a federal criminal complaint against Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed of Georgetown, Ky., alleging that he logged in to the www.toyotasupplier.com site and issued commands to slow down the functions of the computer servers.
Shahulhameed did not immediately reply Wednesday to a message seeking comment at an email address listed for him in the court documents.
The complaint mirrors the allegations made by Toyota in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Lexington last month.
The FBI and the company claim that Shahulhameed illegally accessed Toyota's computer system after being dismissed then reconfigured the programs to run slowly or shut down completely.