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Electronic Sabotage In The Workplace

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"Logic bombs" and sabotage aren't the makings of a James Bond film. They're problems any employer can face in this electronic age. Sometimes, employee malice is to blame. Other times, it's a lack of knowledge.


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There was no lack of knowledge on the part of a UBS PaineWebber system administrator. Angry that he only received an annual bonus of $32,500 (he was expecting $50,000), the employee planted a logic bomb in the company computer system that deleted files on 1,000 computers. His vengeful ways netted him eight years and one month in prison and an order to pay $3.1 million in restitution to his former employer.

Fearing he might be laid off, a computer administrator in New Jersey allegedly also planted a logic bomb in his company's system. Fortunately for the company, it discovered the bomb before it went off. Had it detonated, it would have wiped out critical information and caused widespread...(register to read more)

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