Smart Enough To Manage A Network, Dumb Enough To Think Nobody Sees Your Mischief
from the what's-so-logical dept
Apparently embarking on an idiotic effort to sabotage your employer doesn't always require being fired first. Out of New Jersey comes the story of an IT administrator who left a "logic bomb" buried in the network of one of the nation's largest prescription drug management companies. The dim employee had actually just survived a round of layoffs, only to have the company discover his handy work and fire him anyway. Stupider still was the fact that his actions had potentially fatal repercussions and wouldn't just harm his employer: one of the targeted databases tracked patient-specific drug interaction conflicts -- used by pharmacies to avoid potentially fatal prescription combinations. Apparently the employee had crafted the bomb to go off on his birthday, but his own programming errors resulted in a misfire -- and the FBI arrested him before he could correct the code and set it off the following year. His lawyer's defense is that he was smart enough to know the bomb would be tracked back to him, therefore he couldn't have possibly done it. Last week, a systems administrator (also in New Jersey) was sentenced to 8 years in prison for causing an estimated $3.1 million in damage due to a logic bomb. As with the Utah ISP employee we discussed last week, it's amazing these individuals are smart enough to manage networks, yet stupid enough to think nobody can track their misdeeds.