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The 10 worst IT admins of all time

In 2008 a survey of 300 sysadmins by Cyber-Ark grabbed a lot of press coverage when a whopping 88 per cent of respondents said they would steal company information if fired. BOFH 2 BOFH: Let's go to work! One quarter said their organisations had suffered internal sabotage and security fraud, and one third believed that …
Drew Cullen, 9 Apr 2012
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IT urine bandit fired and charged

An IT worker caught on camera urinating on the chairs of female colleagues has turned himself into local police and been charged with criminal offences. Raymond Charles Foley, 59, was initially dismissed from his IT job at US company Farm Bureau Financial Services after being busted for urinating, in a strange cat like sexual …
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IT admin cops to crippling ex-employer's network

A Georgia IT administrator has pleaded guilty to crippling the computer system of a Japanese pharmaceutical company's US subsidiary several months after his employment there ended. Jason Cornish, 37, admitted using a public internet connection at a McDonald's restaurant in Smyrna, Georgia, to access the network of the Shionogi …
Dan Goodin, 17 Aug 2011
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Fired Gucci IT worker accused of tearing up network

A fired network engineer has been charged with mounting a revenge hack attack against the American branch of Gucci. Sam Chihlung Yin, 34, of Jersey City, New Jersey, allegedly wreaked havoc on the network of the US branch of the Italian luxury good retailer around six months after he was dismissed by Gucci in May 2010. The …
John Leyden, 5 Apr 2011
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Man sentenced for breaching former employer's computers

A Texas man has been ordered to pay restitution of $16,600 and a $5,000 fine after admitting he breached the server of an engineering firm that fired him and deleted sensitive files. Ismael Alvarez of Andrews, Texas, was also sentenced to five years of probation and one year of home confinement. In December, federal …
Dan Goodin, 6 Mar 2011
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Google dismisses engineer who violated privacy policy

Google has dismissed an engineer who had access to its back-end systems after he violated the company's internal privacy policies. On Tuesday, Gawker reported that the engineer, David Barksdale, was dismissed in July after he accessed at least four user accounts. And Google later released a statement confirming the dismissal …
Cade Metz, 15 Sep 2010
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IT consultant gets 5 years for plundering $2m

A contractor who provided IT administration services to banks was sentenced to more than five years in prison this week after admitting he used his insider knowledge to plunder some $2m from four financial institutions. Zeldon Thomas Morris, 43, was ordered to serve 63 months in federal prison and pay restitution of a little …
Dan Goodin, 30 Apr 2010
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SF's rogue admin finally gets day in court

Terry Childs finally went to court yesterday, as prosecutors accused him of being a rogue employee who locked the San Francisco city government out of its own computer network. Childs' lawyers disputed this picture, saying he was a man who'd zealously guarded the network's security, and only flipped out because city officials …
Joe Fay, 15 Dec 2009
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IT admin charged in Xmas Eve rampage on charity

The former sysadmin for a Florida-based charity stands accused of ransacking the organization's servers and phone systems last Christmas eve, more than a year after his employment there ended. Luis Robert Altamarino, who had been given administrator access to the computer network of United Way Miami-Dade, breached the systems …
Dan Goodin, 7 Aug 2009
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Fired IT director admits $94k rampage on organ bank

A former technology director who was fired from a regional organ donation center in Texas has admitted to breaking into her former employer's network and destroying more than $94,000 worth of data. Danielle Duann, 51, of Houston admitted that in November 2005 she illegally accessed the network of LifeGift just hours after …
Dan Goodin, 1 May 2009
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Pink-slipped sysadmin admits to threatening ex-employer's network

A system administrator has admitted he threatened to cause extensive damage to his former employer's computer system after he was laid off. Viktor Savtyrev, 29, of Old Bridge, New Jersey, worked as a sysadmin for five years at an unnamed mutual fund company located in New York City that managed more than $15bn, according to …
Dan Goodin, 27 Apr 2009
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Web maven gives convicted botmaster keys to new kingdom

For the past four or five months, has entrusted its site to a security consultant who stole hundreds of thousands of bank passwords with a massive botnet, which he sometimes administered from his former employer's premisis. For most of that time, serial entrepreneur and Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis was in the dark …
Dan Goodin, 5 Mar 2009

Boss frogmarches bound employee to cop shop

An Essex boss who discovered one of his employees had stolen and cashed a company cheque frogmarched the miscreant to a police station with his hands tied behind his back and a sign round his neck reading "thief", the Times reports. Carpet fitter Mark Gilbert, 39, swiped the cheque from Witham-based In House Flooring, wrote it …
Lester Haines, 28 Nov 2008
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LA engineers cop to traffic system sabotage

Two traffic engineers for the City of Los Angeles have admitted they illegally disrupted the computer system that controls traffic lights just prior to a 2006 union action related to contract negotiations with the city. Gabriel Murillo, 39, and Kartik Patel, 36, each pleaded guilty to a single felony count of illegally …
Dan Goodin, 6 Nov 2008

Oops - SF prosecutors put city passwords on public record

San Francisco prosecutors have put the city's network at further risk by placing access passwords and usernames on the public record as part of their case against Terry Childs, the sysadmin alleged to have hijacked the city's wide area network. A list of 150 usernames and passwords of city officials was submitted to court as …
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2008

Employee's silent rampage wipes out $2.5m worth of data

A Florida woman who believed she was about to get fired has been accused of deleting $2.5m worth of computer files to seek revenge on her employer. Jacksonville Sheriff's officials say Marie Lupe Cooley, 41, used her own account credentials to access the server of Steven E. Hutchins Architects and delete seven years' worth of …
Dan Goodin, 24 Jan 2008

Sysadmin jailed for 30 months over failed logic bomb

A former sysadmin at Medco Health Solutions, a US prescription management and health information firm, has been jailed for 30 months over a failed attempt to destroy its systems using a "logic bomb" computer virus. Yung-Hsun Lin, 51, of Montville, New Jersey, was sentenced this week after earlier pleading guilty to booby- …
John Leyden, 9 Jan 2008

Sysadmin admits trying to axe California power grid

A sysadmin last week pleaded guilty to attempting to disrupt the power grid in California by shutting down a data center that managed the state's electricity supply. Lonnie Charles Denison, 33, of South Natomas in California confessed to breaking a glass cover and pushing an emergency power off button at the Independent System …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2007

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