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IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System 265

Posted by Soulskill
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itwbennett writes: "In June 2012, Ricky Joe Mitchell of Charleston, West Virginia, found out he was going to be fired from oil and gas company EnerVest and in response he decided to reset the company's servers to their original factory settings. He also disabled cooling equipment for EnerVest's systems and disabled a data-replication process. After pleading guilty in January, Mitchell has been sentenced to four years in federal prison."
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IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

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  • by mpicpp (3454017) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @05:38PM (#47060583)
    I've cleaned up messes and had to do data recovery after people deleted their work, reformatted machines, etc. and then quit. I have no sympathy at all for people that do this type of stuff...
  • Re:Duh... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Jhon (241832) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @10:30PM (#47062655) Homepage Journal

    "Never talk to the police, ever! Lawyer or no lawyer."

    I hear this often and take issue with it. Last year, my daughter was kidnapped from our home in the middle of the night. My wife, son and I talked to high-heaven answering every question, letting them look at every thing they wanted. FBI, too.

    My goal was to let them rule us out as fast as humanly possible (which they did).

    I understand your sentiment, but those words "never" and "ever" that makes it just wrong.

    (Daughter was recovered. Monster is about to go on trial)

  • by EmperorOfCanada (1332175) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @11:10PM (#47062815)
    What about when businesses do things like wreck people's lives through baseless lawsuits, blacklist people, baseless DMCA takedowns, etc? I don't see any 4 year sentences for those actions.

    This seems to be another example of where some individual does wrong and the system comes down on him. But when corporate/government types do wrong the system comes to their defence.
  • Re:Duh... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by KingOfBLASH (620432) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @01:48AM (#47063349) Journal

    In the last shop I worked with, on April Fool's day, when a new guy asked for a database command he was told "DROP DATABASE *;" thinking no one could be that stupid.

    Except he was. Fortunately April Fool's day that year was a friday and IT had the weekend to fix the mess

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