SAP admits criminal charges in Oracle case

The maker of expensive management software, which no one can explain what it really does, SAP, has pleaded guilty to charges in a criminal case involving unauthorised access to Oracle computers.

The US Department of Justice has charged SAP’s defunct TomorrowNow Inc unit with 11 counts of unauthorised access to an Oracle computer, and one count of criminal copyright infringement, according to a separate filing.

No humans have been named and shamed on the rap sheet and it appears that TomorrowNow as the sole defendant. Sentencing will take place next week.

SAP spokesman Jim Dever told Reuters that his outfit had been working with the DOJ and had reached an agreement to resolve the matter. With the agreement, SAP looks forward to what it thinks is a fair and final resolution.

Eric Goldman, a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, told Reuters that it was difficult to understand what would be accomplished by bringing criminal charges against a defunct company.

There is nothing that the courts can do to SAP that the marketplace has not already done.

SAP acquired TomorrowNow in 2005 after Oracle took over PeopleSoft. TomorrowNow provided third party maintenance and support services to companies that used software licensed from Oracle.

TomorrowNow employees repeatedly gained access to Oracle’s computers in 2006 and 2007 using passwords from other companies and built up a log of service information.