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Thursday, June 7, 2012

An IT Administrator Revolted after Being Made Redundant

A member of the IT Crowd at a Missoula company went as far as to crash his ex-employer’s computer system mere days after being fired.
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Local press reported that Vladimir Shved (a Russian guy, judging by name) used to work as an IT administrator at Edulog. This company provides software for school bus routing and scheduling in Missoula. Vladimir Shved was laid off last fall and here our story begins. The prosecutors point out that a few company PCs crashed nearly the next day after Shved left. When the company tried to restore the systems, it discovered that the backup servers had been erased. What a coincidence.

According to court records, Edulog called its former IT administrator and offered him an hourly rate to help resolve the problem. However, the company faced Shved’s demand of a 3-to-5-year contract at $100 to $150 an hour, and, of course, refused him. That’s what made the company suspect that probably Vladimir had a hand in trashing their network. As such, Edulog started its own investigation to find out that he really did.

The most interesting part of the story is that his cunning plan might have ended successfully if he hadn’t asked for such a daft condition to get his job back. Finally, Vladimir Shved told the judge he was sorry about the incident and believed that it was the biggest mistake in his entire life.

The judge seemed to believe the IT worker and sentenced him to 3 years on a felony charge of illegal use of a PC, but also decided to defer the sentence. This means that the worker’s record will be clean if Vladimir stays out of trouble during 3 years.

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