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Drunk IT Consultant Trashes Data on Government System

Postby Egaladeist » Sat Mar 14, 2009 4:13 pm

The reckless actions of a drunk and upset former consultant who worked for Australia's Northern Territory Government ended up costing the taxpayers 1.2 million Australian dollars. The ex-IT staffer deleted more than 10,000 accounts belonging to government employees from critical servers.

David Anthony McIntosh resigned in April 2008 from his position as an IT consultant and apparently planned to follow a career as a chef. However, during the same period, his finacee broke off their engagement. That caused him to move in with a former female co-worker and turn to heavy drinking.

One day, during May 2008, being hit by depression and under the influence of alcohol, McIntosh logged into the systems of his former employer using the password of his ex-workmate and deleted 10,475 user accounts from the Health Department, hospital, prison and Supreme Court servers. He was subsequently arrested by the police and taken to jail.

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Re: Drunk IT Consultant Trashes Data on Government System

Postby Aspman » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:05 am

Ex-workmate should get nailed too for revealing passwords.
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