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Fired IT manager hacks into CEO's presentation, replaces it with porn
Sophos ^ | 6/22/11

Posted on 06/24/2011 1:01:29 AM PDT by LibWhacker

Imagine you're giving a presentation to the board of directors at your company. You have your PowerPoint slides all ready, you're projecting onto a 64 inch screen... what could possibly go wrong?

Well, what would you do if your carefully composed presentation was replaced on the big screen by images of a naked woman? My guess is that you wouldn't know where to put your laser pointer..

52-year-old Walter Powell used to be an IT manager at Baltimore Substance Abuse System Inc, until he was fired in 2009. Clearly someone who believed that revenge should be served red hot, Powell used his computer knowledge to hack into his former employer's systems from his home and install keylogging software to steal passwords.

On one occasion, Powell took remote control of his former CEO's PowerPoint presentation to the board of directors, and projected pornographic images on the 64 inch TV.

Press release about Walter Powell's sentencing

According to media reports, Judge M. Brooke Murdock gave Powell a two year suspended sentence, and ordered him to 100 hours of community service and three years' probation.

Cases like this underline the importance of having a proper process in place when staff leave your company. That means changing passwords, and removing access rights when an employee's time at your firm comes to an end.

People do, of course, leave jobs all the time and most of them would never dream of logging back in to their old place of work to cause trouble. But it only takes one disaffected former worker to wreak havoc - so make sure your defences are in place, and that only authorised users can access your sensitive systems.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fired; hacks; manager; porn
Good luck ever getting another job, dummy -- in any capacity. Sheesh, talk about unprofessional.
1 posted on 06/24/2011 1:01:34 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

In my experience, what is unsaid is the the tendency of the person to do strange and unprofessional things is probably one of the reasons he got canned in the first place.

“I know we have to let someone go - how about Walter. The guys a little weird, you know”.


2 posted on 06/24/2011 1:05:19 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: LibWhacker

Not likely, the reference checks will be answered with “I can only verify the dates of employment and last position held....No, he is not eligible for rehire.”


3 posted on 06/24/2011 1:06:58 AM PDT by porter_knorr (http://tinyurl.com/relief4japan Help for Japan!)
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To: LibWhacker

You always lock your IT guy out of your intranet, change all passwords BEFORE you give him a pink slip. This is a good reason why.


4 posted on 06/24/2011 1:08:34 AM PDT by South40 (Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!" -- Jim Robinson, 09/30/07)
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To: LibWhacker

-ROFL-


5 posted on 06/24/2011 1:13:05 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: LibWhacker

This thread is useless without PowerPoint slides of the lady in question.

Regards,


6 posted on 06/24/2011 1:14:04 AM PDT by alexander_busek
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To: LibWhacker

Doing this to an executive’s material just before a presentation has NEVER, EVER crossed my mind...lol


7 posted on 06/24/2011 1:24:31 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: I still care

Searched on “how about Walter” ... found your FR post! So no help.


8 posted on 06/24/2011 1:35:53 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: LibWhacker

ceo’s can also be very unprofessional. for instance:

i’ve seen the ceo gambling... in vegas... with corporate funds

i’ve had the situation where the ceo gets the working product and tries to force a violation of contract in order to get back company shares (9% of the total shares on a $250m valuation)

i’ve had the ceo get the working product, claim there is no moving forward... shutter the company (owing me over $150k)... push the company into bankruptcy... then buy the product out of the bankruptcy and restart a new company with full funding (time span... 3 weeks).

i’ve seen another instance where the ceo bankrupted the company... only after pulling back 2 rounds of paychecks from all employees (direct deposit ‘correctons’ have no time limit on how long after the money was originally deposited). he grabbed 1-2 months of money from all employees (over 500 people) and filed bankruptcy.

all these situations were different companies, in different states or countries. needless to say, i do not hold ceo’s in any special regard... until they’ve earned it.


9 posted on 06/24/2011 1:41:23 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: I still care
“I know we have to let someone go - how about Walter. The guys a little weird, you know”.

"We fixed the glitch."


10 posted on 06/24/2011 1:49:27 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: LibWhacker

Real revenge is when you hack into his home computer first, so you can put naked pictures of his own wife on the screen.


11 posted on 06/24/2011 1:51:31 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down!)
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To: porter_knorr

If an employer phones for a recommendation, the fact that you are only willing to confirm employment details is a signal onto itself that the person is probably not a good hire.


12 posted on 06/24/2011 3:03:27 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Jonty30

Actually most companies’ policies is name, rank and serial number even if the person was the best employee in history.

Lawyers and lawsuits have ensured that honest opinions will never cross the threshold.


13 posted on 06/24/2011 3:11:43 AM PDT by relictele (Pax Quaeritur Bello)
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To: LibWhacker

“My Powerpoint presentation was hacked. I cannot say with certitude that the porn was not mine.”


14 posted on 06/24/2011 3:40:44 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Lancey Howard

15 posted on 06/24/2011 3:45:12 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: LibWhacker
That's when it is cool to be an IT geek. Not blessed with that knowledge, when I got hosed and sent packing from a job many moons ago, I managed to get the CEO's address and I filled out a few hardcore porn magazine subscription cards. I wrote his name down but I put his neighbor's address.

But, if you're not into federal crimes, I'm sure there are other ways to seek out a little fun revenge...

16 posted on 06/24/2011 3:47:01 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Hatteras
I wrote his name down but I put his neighbor's address.

Priceless!

Regards,

17 posted on 06/24/2011 4:16:42 AM PDT by alexander_busek
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To: relictele
Actually most companies’ policies is name, rank and serial number even if the person was the best employee in history.

My company has that exact policy, and in fact goes even further. All Supervisory and Managment personnel have to sign an agreement that they will personally adhere to the same policy if providing an employement reference for any past or present employee ever under their control.

Basically we are only allowed to confirm their name, date of employment, position at termination, and thats it. We are specifically prohibited from providing or confirming any info on pay, termination reasons, performance, training, promotions, accomplishments, coworkers, discipline issues, attendance, or any personal info.

18 posted on 06/24/2011 4:17:20 AM PDT by SirFishalot
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To: LibWhacker

Two years suspended sentence doesn’t seem much of a penalty. I wonder if there is more to this tale?


19 posted on 06/24/2011 4:18:38 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: PLMerite

On the contrary, real revenge is when you put pictures of his wife on the presentation that you’ve taken yourself. You know, pictures that you’ve taken with her.


20 posted on 06/24/2011 4:32:16 AM PDT by Echo4C (We have it in our power to begin the world over again. --Thomas Paine)
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To: LibWhacker
Man, way to long to hold a grudge, therapy needed, get on with your life.

FWIW, all the evil bosses I worked for got what was coming to them , it was a karma thing, so ya got to learn to let go of it. But if you want to make change you really have to get the synapsis firing to figure out how to do it...For instance, I boss I had was maniacal tyrant was bested by a employee that left after I did. This employee had the intestinal fortirude to go to the Corp Ombudsman ( as he said not HR they are usless ) or was it a VP of his boss for a private exit interview... The response was thank you, we knew it was bad over their, but we had no idea.

3 weeks later said maniacal tyrant took a mysterious early retirement @ 52 yrs of age....

Funny how that worked.

21 posted on 06/24/2011 4:45:54 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: sten

“he grabbed 1-2 months of money from all employees (over 500 people) and filed bankruptcy.”

I guess he figured none of them owned firearms.


22 posted on 06/24/2011 4:47:35 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: LibWhacker

Well there’s “that side of it” ... the guy that did it was unprofessional, etc. But I lay the blame on the CEO’s desk. I’ve actually made PowerPoint presentations for two CEO’s in 2 different companies. Not one of them didn’t CHECK through the presentation just before it was given. Not to only for things like this, but to give it one “last-minute” check to make sure they’ve got the wording correct, and confirming they will give a perfect presentation. REAL CEOs do that. If a guy isn’t going to check his speech minutes before the presentation, then I wouldn’t want him running my company! My guess this CEO doesn’t know where the on/off switch is on his computer. If you can’t handle “displaying” a PowerPoint presentation from your laptop, you shouldn’t be running a company.


23 posted on 06/24/2011 4:57:33 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (WHO decided to change his name from Barry to Barack, after Muhammad's Horse?)
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To: relictele

Although I can see the rationale of not saying something terrible about somebody, for it could seem slanderous. I fail to see how you can be sued for saying something positive.

Ah well.


24 posted on 06/24/2011 5:13:06 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: porter_knorr

More likely HR would say “You’d be lucky to get him to work for you.”


25 posted on 06/24/2011 5:14:18 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: taildragger
Man, way to long to hold a grudge, therapy needed, get on with your life.

Read the story again - this was the sentencing after the court case, he was fired and did the crime immediately afterwards in 2009.

Like others here, I'd like more info because it does seem that there was something else going on for only a 2 year suspended sentence. Additionally if he was CIO, he probably was able to prove that he COULD have done much more severe damage as a mitigating view. Just embarrASSing the CEO and the board is more of a directed reproach. Personally, I'll bet that the CEO is also looking for the exit, relationship with the board and company don't recover easily from such incidents.

26 posted on 06/24/2011 5:17:00 AM PDT by SES1066 (Michael Moore - a pernicious progluddite of socialism!)
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To: porter_knorr

Very true. OTOH, the net articles wont help any!


27 posted on 06/24/2011 5:44:09 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: sten

A company here caught their CFO stealing. The private investigator found he had 7 prior felony convictions.

They didn’t fire him or press charges because they didn’t want it made public.

Another company CEO had prostitutes and cocaine on the corporate jet. The same PI friend has video of the event.

Its unbelievable how unethical some of those guys are.


28 posted on 06/24/2011 5:48:14 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Truth29

——I wonder if there is more to this tale?——

Like nonprofit competition for grants?


29 posted on 06/24/2011 5:51:30 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: LibWhacker

Let me guess - the perp is a chronic bachelor with few friends, and lousy luck with the ladies. If he had a family, he wouldn’t be as likely to do this, I suppose.


30 posted on 06/24/2011 5:55:04 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (July 23, 2017 - This is Ellis Wyatt. I am on strike.)
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To: sten

Question is, did you hack into these bad CEOs’ computers and replace vital documents with salacious material?


31 posted on 06/24/2011 5:58:04 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (July 23, 2017 - This is Ellis Wyatt. I am on strike.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

no.

but... i also did not give them a license for a set of tools used as the basis of the systems developed. the tools were the intellectual property of my company and required to build the system. they were fully aware the tools were being used, as it saved months of development effort and allowed us to meet the deadlines quicker.

and all would have been fine... if they hadn’t tried to screw me.

don’t screw the geeks. especially if you’re non-technical and want a technical product


32 posted on 06/24/2011 6:27:50 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: abb

A revenge expert, yessir.


33 posted on 06/24/2011 7:05:29 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are...)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

If I wanted to help a guy out I’d say, “If you don’t hire him, ask him to give us a call, would you??”


34 posted on 06/24/2011 7:14:34 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are...)
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To: Jonty30
Jonty30 said: "I fail to see how you can be sued for saying something positive."

I think the vast majority of people believe that they are undervalued. Even if you say something positive about such persons, they will believe that you have understated the matter and will resent it.

One person who had worked for me until he was fired for incompetence and laziness, had the audacity to use me as a reference some years later, perhaps not thinking that the reference would be checked.

When informed that I had been used as a reference, my response was, "Really?". The voice on the other end of the line said, "That's all I need to know. Thanks."

35 posted on 06/24/2011 10:58:19 AM PDT by William Tell
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To: William Tell

I once hired a guy, who caught me taking a 2 hour nap, because I had just finished working 96 hours (24 hour convenience store and I can’t keep employees). He came into my office, saw me napping and walked out on the job.

He had the audacity to reapply for the position 4 years later, thinking I wouldn’t remember him.

I happen to remember nearly everybody.


36 posted on 06/24/2011 11:42:49 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: William Tell

I once hired a guy, who caught me taking a 2 hour nap, because I had just finished working 96 hours (24 hour convenience store and I can’t keep employees). He came into my office, saw me napping and walked out on the job.

He had the audacity to reapply for the position 4 years later, thinking I wouldn’t remember him.

I happen to remember nearly everybody.


37 posted on 06/24/2011 11:47:06 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Hatteras

“I wrote his name down but I put his neighbor’s address.”

Nice twist!


38 posted on 06/24/2011 3:02:55 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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