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A financial clearing facility in New York was subjected to a three-day cyber onslaught by a disgruntled employee who had demanded better pay and conditions for carrying out training duties. The man, a 31 year old database engineer called Abdelkader Smires, was arrested on Tuesday after he had disabled computers at Internet Trading Technologies – a company that processes trades electronically for members of the National Association of Securities Dealers, according an AP report in the Miami Herald. Smires is alleged – with the help of another employee – to have started his attacks on 9 March, using a computer at Queens College. He had refused to train fellow employees at the company in the use of a new operating system after his requests for improved working conditions had been turned down. The nature of his request is not known exactly, but what is known is that the day before Smires unleashed his attack, his employer had offered him a $70,000 pay rise, $50,000 in stock options and a one year contract. And he still turned them down. Smires is in court on Friday and if convicted could face up to five years in prison. ®

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