December 4, 2004
How Not to Leave a Job
An employee worked for a company in New York City called StaffIT until he was fired on Oct. 31. Some time that evening, the employee allegedly accessed the company's computer system and deleted e-mail of his boss who had fired him. Maybe a nice way to get back at the company for firing you, but the result is a charge of violating 18 U.S.C. 1030(a)(5)(A)(i) & (B)(i) in a criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of New York, to wit:
the defendant, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly, caused the transmission of a program, information, code and command, and as a result of such conduct, intentionally caused damage, without authorization, to protected computers, causing loss to one and more persons during a one-year period aggregating at least $5,000 in value, to wit, * * *, without the knowledge or authorization of StaffIT, Inc. * * *, accessed StaffIT’s computer network system and executed computer commands that, among other things, deleted electronic mail messages in StaffIT’s computer network in New York, New York.
One wonders whether a company that specializes in information technology should take greater care to protect its computer networks from its well-trained staff, especially a terminated one. (ph)
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