Innovation

Woman deletes $2.5M worth of files in mistaken revenge bid

The employee of an architect firm, believing that she was about to get fired, went on a silent rampage. In just a few hours over a weekend, she deleted $2.5M worth of computer files in a mistaken bid to exact revenge.

The employee of an architect firm, believing that she was about to get fired, went on a silent rampage. In just a few hours over a weekend, she deleted $2.5M worth of computer files in a mistaken bid to exact revenge.

The trigger appeared to be a help-wanted ad placed by her boss, which described an open administrative assistant position that sounded like her own job.

Excerpt from The Register:

Marie Lupe Cooley, 41, used her own account credentials to access the server of Steven E. Hutchins Architects and delete seven years' worth of drawings. The firm's alarm company said someone entered the premises at 11 p.m. on Sunday and was there for about four hours.

Fortunately though, firm owner Steven Hutchins was able to recover the files. "It was not a sensationalistic amount of money," he told The Register, referring to the cost of the consultant he paid to perform the recovery.

Cooley was released on bail after being charged with $1,000 worth of damage to computers.

As it turned out, Cooley's job was never under threat. The help-wanted position was actually a new position to assist Hutchin's wife. It is unclear at this moment what kind of action the firm will take with Cooley.

What kind of measures do you take against potential saboteurs, both within or outside the IT department?

About

Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

Editor's Picks