MISSOULA, Mont. – A laid-off information technology administrator that a Missoula company attempted to hire back on a temporary basis after computer servers crashed was the person who hacked into the system that caused the problems to begin with, authorities said.

The Missoulian reported that Vladimir Ivanovich Shved was charged Friday in District Court with two felony counts of unlawful use of a computer. His bail was set at $5,000.

According to court records, the company’s computer system had been damaged in such a way that only someone with backup files could repair the problem.

When Shved’s former employer contacted him about returning to work on a temporary basis, Shved “demanded a three- to five-year consulting contract at $100 to $150 per hour in exchange for the work.”

Authorities said Shved was one of six employees laid off Oct. 25 from Edulog, which provides software for school bus routing and scheduling.