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Can you destroy your former employer from a McDonalds? Apparently, yes.

A former IT worker for the United States subsidiary of a Japanese pharmaceutical company availed himself of some free McDonald’s wifi connection in Georgia (and possibly an irresistible $1 sweet tea) to hack his former employer’s computer system.

According to msnbc.com, in doing so, he successfully deleted the contents of 15 virtual servers (the equivalent of 88 non-virtual servers).  On those servers, were the company’s e-mail and Blackberry servers, “its order tracking system, and its financial management software.”  The attack effectively froze the company’s operations for days costing it more than $300,000 in damages.

It is pretty unbelievable that one employee could have so much power over a company’s IT infrastructure – especially one who no longer works there.  This is a strong reminder that every company needs to re-examine to ensure they are not so vulnerable to a any one individual.

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