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Fired IT Worker Replaces CEO's Presentation With Porn

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the best-meeting-ever dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "52-year-old Walter Powell wanted revenge when he was fired from his position as an IT manager at Baltimore Substance Abuse System Inc. So, he hacked into their systems — installing keyloggers to steal passwords. Then, when his CEO was giving a presentation to the board of directors he replaced the slides with pornographic images. Powell has now been given a 2 year suspended sentence, and 100 hours community service."

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Awesome (4, Funny)

headhot (137860) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535270)

For no jail time, I think it was almost worth it. Too bad Terry Childs didn't get the same deal.

Re:Awesome (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535364)

Herp a Derp Terrorist!! Herp a Derp!!!

Re:Awesome (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535430)

And possibly a pedophile too, depending on the sizes of the models' breasts.

-- Ethanol-fueled

Re:Awesome (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535468)

Childs held a city to ransom due to self-inflated sense of worth because he couldn't understand he was just another disposable grunt admin. He could have fixed his problem in 5 seconds but suffered from a god complex.

Re:Awesome (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535914)

Ransom, huh? How much did he ask for? In fact, in what way would Childs have materially benefited from his actions? Answer: in no way could he have benefited, so stop making shit up, asshole.

Re:Awesome (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36536250)

Ransom was a poor choice of words...hostage would have been better but his point of distinction between the two stands, Asshole.

Re:Awesome (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36536416)

Asking to only give the passwords to the Mayor is holding them hostage?

Fail again. Asshole.

Re:Awesome (-1, Troll)

Xaositecte (897197) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536336)

According to the CCIE on the Jury [computerworld.com] , Terry Childs was attempting to show how indispensable he was to the city, and implicitly blackmail them into giving him his job back. He was smart enough to never explicitly say anything like that, since it would have landed him an even bigger sentence, but the charge of holding a city for ransom is nevertheless accurate.

Now fuck off, asshole.

Re:Awesome (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535928)

I'm sorry but it's not that simple..

Re:Awesome (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36536266)

No- he was asked by his supervisor to hand over passwords. The only problems were: 1) his supervisor was not authorized to have those passwords. 2) the request was made over the phone (specifically a no-no according to the password handling rules), and 3) it was a Conference call, with god-knows who listening in (discussing passwords where they can be overheard by others is another no-no).

Other charges were exaggerated, like saying he 'wiped' passwords out of routers so they wouldn't boot back up after a power failure. In actuality, it's a common practice to disable password recovery on routers when they cannot be physically secured- otherwise any fool with a laptop and console cable can connect and get the password.

See http://www.pcworld.com/printable/article/id,149159/printable.html [pcworld.com] for more info.

Re:Awesome (5, Insightful)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535470)

Dude - 100 hours community service?

*Totally* worth it. >:)

(okay, probably not. I'm pretty sure he got promptly black-balled and will likely have to move.)

As for Childs? The diff is that Powell pissed in the corn flakes of a small private company CEO.

Childs' big mistake (well, the biggest one among many) was that he pissed in the corn flakes of bureaucrats whose sense of petty revenge apparently knows no bounds.

Re:Awesome (2)

MyFirstNameIsPaul (1552283) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535506)

"Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned."

Re:Awesome (5, Insightful)

Score Whore (32328) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535656)

Dude - 100 hours community service?

*Totally* worth it. >:)

(okay, probably not. I'm pretty sure he got promptly black-balled and will likely have to move.)

Move? He'd be lucky if that's all that happens. He's unlikely to ever get a job of any significance again. Would you want this guy working for you?

Re:Awesome (5, Insightful)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535816)

Would you want this guy working for you?

I dunno. He was an IT manager capable of installing software and changing a presentation; that's more IT knowledge than most IT managers have.

Re:Awesome (2, Interesting)

frosty_tsm (933163) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536256)

Would you want this guy working for you?

I dunno. He was an IT manager capable of installing software and changing a presentation; that's more IT knowledge than most IT managers have.

Yes, but you are forgetting the flip side: piss him off and you will pay. I wouldn't hire him no matter how desperate I was.

Re:Awesome (1, Offtopic)

That Guy From Mrktng (2274712) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536556)

I dunno. He was an IT manager capable of installing software and changing a presentation; that's more IT knowledge than most IT managers have.

Well put, Is not coincidence that I'm reading /. and not AdAge? but...

does that mean that everyone in the marketing department is capable of being IT managers?

Is Apple years light ahead when it decided to let marketing weight more than IT?

Did Microsoft tried to do the same as Apple since the beginning of the IT ages and failed miserably relegating itself to deliver services and products that (more or less) work on the corporate scene while intentionally delivering the worst advertising of all IT industry?

Is IBM the reptilians of IT because seems like nobody gets to see their marketing efforts yet they do much more research than the others combined?

THIS and more questions in our next episode of WHEN I.T. AND MARKETING COLLIDE!!1

Re:Awesome (4, Funny)

cdrudge (68377) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536340)

Sounds well suited for a job at Geek Squad.

Re:Awesome (2)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536076)

Problem with the scenario: people (like yourself) are already saying "For that penalty, it's almost worth it.".

Anytime the penalty is "worth it", it's not acting as the deterrent that it should be.

Re:Awesome (4, Funny)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536118)

They should cut his nuts off.

That way all the other computer janitors in the US will shuffle along swiftly and doff their caps humbly to the wealth creating class, motivated by FEAR.

/Oh sorry, wrong forum.

Re:Awesome (1)

TRACK-YOUR-POSITION (553878) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536574)

I'm not sure I buy that logic. If I'm late to work, I might decide that speeding to get to work faster and keep my job is "worth" the risk of a speeding ticket. Heck, even if the penalty were death (and I suppose the penalty for speeding is often death), there are people desperate enough to keep their jobs to take that risk. Should we punish people more depending on how much they stand to gain from successful crime? Thus speeders late to work would be given larger fines than people just joyriding?

Re:Awesome (5, Insightful)

westlake (615356) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536186)

For no jail time, I think it was almost worth it. Too bad Terry Childs didn't get the same deal.

Strike 1:

This guy is 52 years old.

Strike 2:

He pled guilty to a felony charge directly related to IT - and one guaranteed to make him all but unemployable even as a greeter at Walmart.

Strike 3.

His probation forbids posession of software "enabing remote access and monitoring of other computers." He can't work out of his home.

Re:Awesome (1, Insightful)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536236)

No, it's retarded.

He got an insignificant revenge. So the board got to see some huge boobs for maybe 10 seconds before somebody turned the projector off. Big deal, they'll probably forget about it a week later, and it will have no appreciable effect on the business. At most it'll make them reevaluate their IT hiring policies.

In exchange for that, this may well be a carreer ending move. And instead of it being done for some noble cause like exposing rampant corruption, he's done it for one of the stupidest reasons possible.

Re:Awesome (2)

joebagodonuts (561066) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536328)

Tilting at Windmills [wikipedia.org] is often misunderstood and disparaged. Sometimes, you have to say "Fuck it. I ain't gonna take it any more"

Besides, "career ending move" has a different meaning when you are 52 years old. I suspect he won't be missing his IT career too much.

Re:Awesome (0)

The Dawn Of Time (2115350) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536428)

He broke in. The fact that he did it using a computer doesn't change the fact that he broke in. I know the general Slashdot imaginarium likes to believe that somehow things don't count when they're done using a computer, but that's fantasy.

Re:Awesome (1)

That Guy From Mrktng (2274712) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536604)

Now that you mention it, yes, it was something childish. He probably could have changed small number here and there in the presentation, or drop some tables or install a backdoor/dms capitalizing it in 6 months when he gets to contact a "reliable criminal" that will give him big money for the access.

If you're about to screw with someone, do it like a boss! (pun intended)

Board of Directors? (3, Insightful)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535282)

He should have substituted his presentation to a community group, city hall or some other public presentation. Showing porn to the board of directors is 2nd only to showing them increasing profits.

Re:Board of Directors? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535358)

Who said it was straight/lesbian porn?

Re:Board of Directors? (2)

conner_bw (120497) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535368)

A pornographic variation of this classic [ex-parrot.com] could have been more subtle.

Optionally, he could have superimposed his own face over the actors in the CEOs porn stash, but only after a few minutes of arousal time, ruining porn forever.

Re:Board of Directors? (5, Funny)

Billly Gates (198444) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535442)

I wrote a script once that redirected traffic via a proxy to babblefish which translated it to English to Russian and than back to English again. :-)

It made all the emails from hotmail look like they written by a 6 year old. Unfortunately, security software started catching up with man in the middle attacks by the time I was about finished as this was technically a redirect :-( so I could never use it without antivirus software screaming today.

If the guy is old a really embarrasing thing to link is this video. [ebaumsworld.com] FYI not worksafe or the faint of heart ... aka a shocker. ;-)

Re:Board of Directors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535612)

"Rich today. If the guy is old stuff really awkward kssylka this video. [Ebaumsworld.com] FYI not Worksafe or faint of heart ... aka Shocker. ;-)"

Hmm, doesn't seem to work that well....

Re:Board of Directors? (1)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535658)

am i bad to assume that the "pornographic" image was goatse?

Re:Board of Directors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36536210)

No, but if it was, they probably would have given the guys boss a raise, prompting his boss to hire him back; and we would never have heard anything about it.

That grumpy old CEO needs a lemon party (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535298)

Nothing like a lemon party to cure old, crankiness [ebaumsworld.com] and make anew with his employees.

What if it was not porn... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535306)

I wonder what the sentence would have be if he replaced the slides with puppies or butterflies instead of porn? Less perhaps?

Undid his just deserves. (5, Insightful)

sgt scrub (869860) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535312)

When you walk away from a job there is nothing more satisfying than letting it fall to shit after you go. Doing something on the way out or after you leave just proves you didn't have any positive effect on the business.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (2)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535372)

Agreed. I was once fired from a lame part-time job. I still smile every time I pass by the now-closed location - they literally couldn't last two months without me, as I was quite often the only one (of a shift of 6) not on a smoke break.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (5, Funny)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536158)

Loads of places that got rid of me folded soon after.

One burned to the ground, but I have a cast iron alibi for that night.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535410)

No that's not true. The reasoning of events upon departing and the blood and sweat you put in day in day out are not one of the same. You could of put in 110% daily your employer does not care they still fire u. This is where the events of leaving come in.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (1)

future assassin (639396) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535428)

Yah nothing beats the business going to shit and the business owner who is raping the business bling for money and stock to pay his debts doesn't realise the firing his most important employee (to use the money he paid me for steal even more from the company) leads to at least 1/2 of the customers never coming back. Fuck yah it felt good. My phone was rining non stop for two weeks afterwards when customers found out I wasn't there. Eveyone one of them said the only reason they shopped there was because of me.

Buddy has about 4 more months before the place goes under.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (2)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536160)

Doesn't just apply to after being fired.

I remember when I finally left my last dead-end job (7 years ago). It was terrible. We were expected to check voicemail (several times per day), but we didn't have our own phones available, so we had to go to our ego-inflated boss's office each time to ask to use his phone and type in our voicemail codes. I gave them my notice (actually gave them 4 weeks) and was gone. 2 weeks later that boss was calling me up asking if I'd like to work for 4 hours part time in the evenings after I was finished at my new job. Apparently they were having a lot of issues and needed some help. It was about the most satisfying moment of my life to inform him that I really didn't need it, as I was now making more money than he was.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535510)

Yup.

I'm about to find this out in a couple of weeks...

(the new job is roughly 2x better, with a bigger salary, lighter workload, a bit more travel, but I can live with the latter).

Re:Undid his just deserves. (1)

Improbus (1996348) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535580)

Yep. I wouldn't be surprised if I get laid of or let go because things are pretty grim where I work. There are only a few people left in the IT department plus one useless manager. If they get rid of me my revenge will be not answering the phone when they find out they got rid of the wrong person. Without regular maintenance of our geriatric hardware and systems things will start to break and the morons will not know how to fix them. Fine by me, I am ready for a career change.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (5, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535834)

Thats' not good revenge.
Good revenge is when they call you and you say 'I'll help 200 an hour, 20 hour min.'
Showing up to work making 3 times more is the best revenge.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (1)

malkavian (9512) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536134)

Nah, letting them know you're working for someone else at more than they paid, and you don't have the time to help them (and no, you won't accept being rehired on a higher bid for ethical reasons) is revenge.. :)

Re:Undid his just deserves. (5, Interesting)

grapeape (137008) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536384)

That happens more often than you think, Its actually happened to me twice..once with a telco I worked for where my department was eliminated as a cost saving measure, my department had 16 people when I started, was down to 2 engineers by the time I was let go. Within two weeks they were calling both of us to try and get us to come back, we both refused to come back in a salary position but offered to come back as contractors...shit was bad so they paid up, I spent a total of one month in two cities and made more in that time than I made in 6 months while I was working there.

The second time was two years ago with my own business, a client decided I was too expensive and decided to "go a different direction", the guy they hired was a relative of one of the company's partners and over a holiday break they managed to have their main server go down after a storm. Their new IT guy kept trying to fix the old machine with random parts, turns out he was hiding the fact that he hadn't had a good backup in over a month. I got a call saying they needed my help, I explained that they had ditched me, and that it was a holiday break (my biggest client closes for a week during the holiday season), they said it didn't matter what it cost they just needed their data. I told them I would do it on an hourly basis on the condition that the idiot who was now in charge just stayed out of the way. I billed them at 2.5x my standard rate, I kept backup hardware of all my clients gear on hand and still had the board and raid card that matched their system at home. Got the new machine up and didn't even have to restore anything, fixed the backup problem made a good backup and presented them a nice bill. They offered to "bring me onboard" again, I told them I didn't have time but wished them luck with my replacement.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (1)

psiclops (1011105) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535956)

three times i read your first sentence and was wondering why being fired would cause you to get laid.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535666)

Oh get your head out of your ass. IT people, like every other cog in any corporation, are replaceable. Nothing is going to "fall to shit" just because you're not there.

Spoken like a true pointy hair (1)

publiclurker (952615) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535924)

When the idiots on to decide that it's not worth spending time to document, update, repair, patch, anything because it's just a waste of time, not only will shit break, but it will take long enough for an replacement cog to come up to speed that they might as well close their doors and take a long vacation. I had the luxury of watching a crash and burn like this. The boss had too much ego involved to ask us to come back and dig him out. I helped one of my old coworkers out to lessen his pain a little, but waited until they had their going out of business sale before I actually want back. I still have my old office chair that I managed to pick up for about $15.

Re:Spoken like a true pointy hair (1)

Billly Gates (198444) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536146)

I was more of thinking of stating the same thing back to the MBA type that they are replacable too. If they all hell no I generated x amount of money. I will simply say, so can many other willing to do your job for less in this economy. It is funny that those who say replacable someone think they are not.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535960)

Geez, Slashdot was so much nicer before MBA-type assholes decided to hang out here...

Re:Undid his just deserves. (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536120)

Oh get your head out of your ass. IT people, like every other cog in any corporation, are replaceable. Nothing is going to "fall to shit" just because you're not there.

Unless you've done something wrong, often times "replacable" is irrelevant, as often it's about eliminating a position they perceive as necessary rather than replacing anyone.

Pulling IT people out of a corporation without replacing them (while "saving money" of course) most certainly can cause stuff to "fall to shit".

Re:Undid his just deserves. (5, Insightful)

billcopc (196330) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536260)

Oh, nice. Management finally read the "Complete Idiots guide to posting as AC".

I've watched too many companies struggle after losing a star employee. Not just someone who's good at their job, but also good at a bunch of tangentially-related duties too. The coder with a background in corporate accounting, or the sysadmin with people skills, these hybrids are often the backbone of a small business, but the pigeonholing nature of management often fails to recognize that extra value. You can replace them with a regular, boring, single-minded IT guy, sure, but the new guy won't do all that extra stuff that was taken for granted.

Given that a significant part of any IT skillset is problem-solving, usually the guy with the most diverse knowledge base is also the most creative and resourceful one. He might not be so great at coding, and he probably relies on Google a lot for server admin, but he'll be the one to save your hide when disaster strikes, because he understands how all the pieces fit together and can attack a problem from all angles at once.

That's the kind of IT guy you'll miss when he's gone, and once the new husks run out of ideas 7 minutes into the crisis, that's the guy you'll be calling for help, and it won't be cheap.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (1)

tibit (1762298) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536304)

The problem with the idea of "cogs" is that it's someone's pipe dream -- someone who doesn't know jack shit about people. I'm not saying that irreplaceable people, the other extreme, are any good either, as this promotes complacency and makes your business vulnerable to one's whims. There's a middle road that works. People should be respected and valued. Yes, if you treat them like cogs, you can inflate the balance sheets for a couple of quarters. Then it all goes to hell. And we see that over and over. And yet people still believe the "cog" idea.

It is only with the lowest denominator, high-on-training, almost mechanical jobs where the idea of a cog somewhat works. Of course you end up with burger chain morons who go into an endless loop when you, say, pay them in cash and the amount of payment is more than the amount to be paid (say you want a specific set of change back). This is but an example. You can only train people so far, there comes a moment where either they have to bring value of their own or you're toast as a corporation.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (2)

Threni (635302) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535720)

> Doing something on the way out or after you leave just proves you didn't have any positive effect on the business.

Why? Why can't someone get fired for a stupid reason not have a laugh at their expense. I'd buy the guy the drink and have a laugh about it; says nothing about his ability to develop/fix problems etc.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535760)

I left a place, disappointed, unappreciated, but unvarnished (although I did think about it a lot). 3 months and things did turn to shit. They were hard asses when I worked there, and didn't seem in the least to mind that I was going. Then they tried to replace me. 3 years later they were still trying. I know they even had a security breach (and no, it wasn't me either, although I did warn them about it, and it went in one of their collective ears, and out the other, without slowing down in between). I solved a lot of long-standing problems for them when I was there, but all I ever heard was whining and complaining. Since I had a unique combination of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, I could work with many hats on at once. They liked it when I worked, liked it when they hired me, forgot about it when it came time to compensation (actually I started out with grunt wages and they even broke their own hiring contract and paid me less than what was offered and signed when I was hired). After 3 years (3 long years!) I left. 3 years later they were still looking. My boss (it was the perfect definition of micro-management) moved up. I had 7 years more post secondary than he did. They moved him into a job where he can't break anything.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (3, Informative)

Caerdwyn (829058) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535906)

When you walk away from a job there is nothing more satisfying than letting it fall to shit after you go. Doing something on the way out or after you leave just proves you didn't have any positive effect on the business.

Ah, but the difference between "let" and "cause" is the difference between schaenfreude and "boy, you got a purty mouth". Depending upon the mood of the judge, that difference is literal.

He did get lucky.

Re:Undid his just deserves. (1)

Adam Appel (1991764) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536166)

After I "was asked to leave", two people were hired to replace me. Knowing the CEO though, they probably got paid $10 hour so the company saved money and got rid of a troublemaker that doesn't know his place.

Coincidence? (1)

White Flame (1074973) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535332)

Smells like he might have gotten his idea from this recent SMBC Theater [youtube.com] video. (NSFW)

Re:Coincidence? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535520)

Right. Because altering slides is a completely original gag.

Re:Coincidence? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36536248)

That video was uploaded May 14, this year. TFA doesn't say when he replaced the slides, but does mention that he was fired in 2009.

To me it sounds unlikely he got the idea from that video.

fail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535384)

Next time slightly alter the presentation to make it look incompetent, possibly not even catching the attention of the person presenting it if possible. Instead of an obvious hack.

Re:fail (3, Insightful)

mr1911 (1942298) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535876)

Next time slightly alter the presentation to make it look incompetent

For most PowerPoint presentations, that is accomplished without making any edit to the original.

idiocracy (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535402)

why are six of the last 7 stories tagged with 'idiocracy'?

Re:idiocracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535444)

why are six of the last 7 stories tagged with 'idiocracy'?

Big fans of the movie?

Re:idiocracy (3, Funny)

westlake (615356) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536244)

why are six of the last 7 stories tagged with 'idiocracy'?

I blame it on Bitcoin. It rots the geek mind.

Re:idiocracy (1)

billcopc (196330) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536274)

Because stupid people are everywhere, and they are breeding at alarming rates ?

Crap like this is what gives IT a bad name (0)

blahbooboo (839709) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535446)

So you got fired, that sucks. But have some professionalism. It's jokers like this which give IT a bad name and hamper it from being seen solely as a profession rather than a trade. What a jerk.

p.s. And that's the best he could do? Girly pictures during a presentation. What a loser. Probably still lives in his parent's basement.

Re:Crap like this is what gives IT a bad name (4, Interesting)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535500)

And that's the best he could do? Girly pictures during a presentation. What a loser. Probably still lives in his parent's basement.

The story says "porn", but not what kind of porn...

It's human nature (5, Interesting)

Weaselmancer (533834) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535640)

It's not an IT thing. Everyone does this.

I was the IT guy for a company that did company restructuring, or failing that, liquidation. If you've ever been to Ohio and you're the right age you'll remember Carpet Barn and Tile House. I was the guy who liquidated their technical assets. That's a fancy way of saying the boss gave me a truck and a map and said "if it's worth more than 2 cents and plugs into something, put it on the truck." So I got to see every single Carpet Barn.

Now to be fair, they closed very suddenly. It was a Thursday. Workers showed up to locked doors. Salesmen had taken down payments from customers the previous day. The money was lost and never refunded, people didn't get their carpet. It was a bad scene.

You should have seen these places.

Workers opened up the doors with bolt cutters and trashed every single outlet. Holes kicked in the walls, refrigerators turned over, coffee pots smashed into copiers. Office furniture beaten into splinters. Carpet rolls thrown everywhere. Every store looked like the scene of a riot.

Re:It's human nature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36536004)

Might not have just been the workers. If I was a customer that just got stiffed, I would have given them a hand.

Re:It's human nature (5, Insightful)

Caerdwyn (829058) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536090)

It's not an IT thing. Everyone does this.

Well, no, not everybody.

I've been wrongfully fired before, being made the bearer-of-blame for a manager who made the wrong decisions and hoped that the blame would walk out the door with me. I was (and actually still am, gotta love knowledge of trade secrets and dirty secrets and of contacts made with said company's partners) in a position to hurt the company badly in retaliation. But I didn't do so. Why, oh why, in this era of tech workers who exhibit such open contempt of non-techies and thinking the sun shines out their asses?

1. I'm a better person than the manager in question. I have ethics, and stooping to low revenge is a breach in ethics.
2. Karma works. The company in question has run into troubles due to said bad decisions.
3. Karma works, redux. There are plenty of people who know point 1, and will stand by me in references and "unofficial" contacts. If I compromised myself, they wouldn't and shouldn't.
4. In this valley, everybody knows everybody (or knows someone who does... helllllllo, LinkedIn). Bad firings are known for what they are, regardless of court. So are acts of revenge, regardless of court. I landed on my feet, am in a much better situation than I would be today if I were at the old company, and will continue to do well.

None of the above makes me in any way unique. Most people are big enough to behave that way, or to semi-quote Chris Rock, "You say you take care of your kids? Of COURSE you're supposed to take care of your kids, dumbass!" It's the expected default behavior. It's the ones who don't who make the news... and Slashdot.

Now, perhaps you meant "it happens in every industry", but this IS Slashdot. Tech is (ostensibly) what it's about here.

To be fair, we don't know WHY the person was fired (though we do know his personality allows for revenge). I'm not going to automatically side with him just because he's a fellow tech "worker bee". I know plenty of "worker bee" IT folks who I wouldn't hire to water my lawn, much less care for my datacenter. I also know a couple of CEOs I'd trust with my bank account numbers. Assumption of righteousness and evil based upon job title... that's just wrong.

All that being said, I'd probably buy the gentleman in question a beer, but I'd never hire him or put him in a position of trust. The ability of people to justify breaches of trust is well-night infinite, and someone who will engage in acts of revenge can be counted upon to do it again, whether they deserved to be fired or not. This is a Pyrhhic victory at best, and while amusing to us, is career-suicide for him.

Hope it was worth it. Hope his family (if any) thinks so too.

Way to stick it to the man. (4, Insightful)

wcrowe (94389) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535486)

I'm glad he's not actually in jail, otherwise I would have to start a FREE WALTER POWELL movement.

Re:Way to stick it to the man. (2)

Bogtha (906264) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536018)

Way to stick it to your old colleagues too. It's not the CEO that's going to be stuck cleaning up the security breach.

Re:Way to stick it to the man. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36536162)

Probably the porn which was put in the boss' computer was in fact someone literallly sticking it to the man.

So... (5, Funny)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535604)

How did the presentation go?

Re:So... (1)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536268)

My question is: why did he get fired? Everyone is saying they are so happy he did this, but what if he really did deserve to get fired? If he didn't deserve it, then good on him. But we don't know both sides of the story. At least I missed it in TFA.

Reminds me... (5, Funny)

bughunter (10093) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535634)

This story reminds me of a friend who, 20 years ago, was the IT person for a small aerospace startup that ran a Macintosh network with a single dial-in. (He may even be reading this: hats off, Mr Jones!)

They fired him, unamicably, and failed to change the passwords on the dialup (among other mistakes not later abused). So he decided to get his revenge by dialing in and sending multiple copies of a word document to every printer in the company (501 copies, iirc, guaranteed to empty every paper tray). The document was a quote from the Blonde Bimbo Office Manager ("BBOM"), in 36-point Helvetica:

"I've been at the bottom, and I've been at the top. I don't care how much dick I have to suck, I'm not going to be at the bottom again." Signed, [BBOM]

I was still there when it happened. The best part was, the BBOM took a stack of these printouts to every person in the building, shrieking: "Did you do this? Did YOU do this??" Nobody know who did it, in fact I think few even suspected the dialup.*

Now those are some lulz.

[*I didn't know it was him until months later, after the company laid off 90% of its staff, including me. Its doors shut a year later.]

Re:Reminds me... (1)

billcopc (196330) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536312)

If you ever bump into Mr. Jones, have him email me. I wanna buy this man a fuckin' BEER! :D

Appropriate (2)

bughunter (10093) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535646)

I'd say that's a pretty appropriate story for a blog named "Naked Security [sophos.com] ."

Granted this is something I wouldn't do... (1)

Rooked_One (591287) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535648)

but I bet that guy got his sentence, and said... "WORTH IT!"

Re:Granted this is something I wouldn't do... (1)

vikisonline (1917814) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535808)

No. He more likely said WINNING!

Don't they understand? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535674)

When someone pulls a stunt like this, all they're doing is making it hard for everyone.

Re:Don't they understand? (4, Funny)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535868)

Just because his job went tits up doesn't mean he had to be a dick about it.

Only if everyone is into that type of porn (1)

publiclurker (952615) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535976)

that's all

all i have to say is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535676)

HA HA HA......

Pics? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535698)

Pics or it didn't happen

Did he deserve to get sacked (5, Insightful)

Bruce66423 (1678196) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535748)

Of course there is an argument that if he was sufficiently ignorant to get himself caught, then he deserved to get sacked in the first place....

Sounds like a good decision (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36535886)

Someone with such a poor attitude and decision making skills should be fired.

Re:Sounds like a good decision (4, Insightful)

epyT-R (613989) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536002)

what if he was fired wrongfully? today's situation prevents any sort of justice from happening. if he was canned for politics then I have no sympathy for his employer whatsoever.

I have to say... (1)

John Pfeiffer (454131) | more than 3 years ago | (#36535970)

All arguments about the guy's maturity and professionalism aside, I've got to admit that 100 hours of community service isn't a bad price to pay for a "Fuck you!" prank like that. And I'll bet his only regret is not being able to see the reactions at the meeting.

Death Penalty! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36536064)

Prison? Are you kidding? The guy ripped off a hilarious idea from Fight Club. Unless he cited his inspiration, I think this offensive act of plagiarism warrants the death penalty! Put it up on ustream!

Unprofessional (5, Interesting)

BlueCoder (223005) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536170)

This guy would have been smarter if he had found another disgruntled employee and waited a while and then framed him. Or could it be that that is what happened, he could have been marked as an obvious target and someone smarter set him up! Whomever did the hacking it was still childish, the equivalent of keying someones car.

I don't own an IT company but I wouldn't want to work with this guy. Very childish. I can't wait until we finally see these clowns plant child porn or evidence of credit card fraud and other serious crime so they can prove what I have said for years about that subject and computer vulnerability. The first being that no content should be illegal no matter how vulgar it is aka 1st amendment (instead use it to track down people and make sure they aren't committing crimes and making content). Second computer systems are insecure and any lay person should discount any digital evidence taken from a persons personal devices (it's just too easy to frame people). Hacking in inherently unprovable unless you actively bug a persons house and computer and can show he manned the keyboard and can be video recorded tying the things they accused him of doing. I say this because even I would be smart enough to rig a persons computer to do things in the background while he was physically at the computer.

As far as law enforcement I am surprised that more people aren't up in arms over the fact that with a simple accusation the police can come in and permanently seize thousands of dollars of computer equipment and all your personal information and just maybe you'll get it back five years later when it's obsolete and only if you managed to actually prove your innocence (not found not guilty). Further they take can take all your backups so you have nothing to restore from. Then they will probably try to strong arm you with the lure of getting your property back. And this is all legal.

Fuck the CEO culture of today (4, Insightful)

aeoo (568706) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536320)

At least he didn't stab the CEO like they do in India. If the CEO culture doesn't improve, it will come to that eventually in USA. Mark my words.

wtf (1)

PitneFor (1758838) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536332)

Network Admins usually have admin passwords so why did he need to use a keylogger? What kind of retard doesnt look at a presentation before he presents it.

Meh. The best revenge is living well (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 3 years ago | (#36536408)

Every once in a while, I'll think about some crappy situation I was in while doing something really cool, like driving along the coast. That's when I know I got the best revenge.

He proved his management right (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36536512)

To satisfy his urge for revenge he committed an act that proves his firing was probably the right thing to do.

Not only would I not hire the guy... I damn sure wouldn't want to work for him either.

Pictures... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36536542)

or it didnt happen.

Roles and Responsibilities (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36536582)

We had a similar issue happen in my office once - not replacing a presentation with pornography, but instead, a recently terminated employee (who was misguidedly provided remote access at all) whose role involved managing calendars and appointments for a handful of executives and leaders, created fake, inappropriate appointments with officers and very high ups.
 
Leadership came down to our offices and asked why this person was allowed to do this after having been let go. Unfortunately, that was the first indication that they had been 'offboarded'. HR never communicated to us.

Whoops.

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