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Ridiculous accusations, viruses, and iTunes network ?sharing?

By teh Test ·
Alright I'll cut to the chase.

Our Norton Corporate box has a corrupt server group for the past 2 weeks. Virus def's haven't been updated since Dec. 8th. Monday night we got hit with a few different worms, rendering Tuesday a nightmare.

I'm moving from IT to ENG and lent a hand all day removing the threat from various endpoints.

Thats when the fit hits the shan.

A corporate wide email is sent out by our CEO demanding that everyone remove iTunes from their pc's. I am called into my Bosses office and grilled about my use of iTunes. There is no real policy on program approval. I used iTunes daily since my employment began, and have shared out my library. I am now being accused of running a "rouge p2p server on the corporate network, which has propagated viruses to all local users".

This statement was made by our IT MANAGER to our CEO.

I'm looking for help on finding documentation proving that the network impact of shared itunes library is negligible, and that propagating viruses through the itunes share feature is rather silly.

The IT department is grasping at straws and throwing me under the bus to use as a scapegoat. The real problem is the corporate Anti-virus server and why it was allowed function improperly for over a month. Any help you guys could provide me would be greatly appreciated.

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Big Boy, Adult Time

by faradhi In reply to Ridiculous accusations, v ...

Ok, It does not matter if the Corp AV failed. It does not really matter if iTunes is the cause of propagating the virus. It does not matter if there was a policy. There is now, via a directive from the CEO. Therefore, I suggest that you be an adult and remove iTunes from your computer without whining, complaining, or trying to disprove the theroy that iTunes was an infiltration point or bandwidth hog. If there is no business reason for you to have iTunes then you should be professional and remove it.

I suggest that you bring your MP3 player to listen to music (if allowed) and move on. Your company is well within it rights to have you remove your personal program from their computer.

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erm...

by teh Test In reply to Big Boy, Adult Time

I had itunes removed from my pc 30 seconds after reading the email. I didn't whine, nor cry, nor *****, nor moan. I fully understand why he made the statement. I am well versed in corporate rights, and as previously stated, there is no use policy.

The reason for my post is that I am being directly blamed for propagating viruses across our network.

So perhaps take the time to actually read a post before you reply to it.

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Use policys or no you still should be professional

by faradhi In reply to erm...

Just because there is no use policy, does not mean you are allowed to do anything you want on a company computer. Nor does it justify your personal programs. The absence of a policy explicitly stating that you are not allowed to do something does not amount to permission.

Your original post said, "I'm looking for help on finding documentation proving that the network impact of shared itunes library is negligible, and that propagating viruses through the itunes share feature is rather silly." That statement says to me that you were looking for an argument to keep iTunes.

Further, iTunes has been used by worms.
http://secunia.com/search/?search=itunes&w=0

Again, rather than using your time trying to justify having iTunes, tell your employer that it has been removed and that it would not happen again.

Sharing your library would negatively impact the network. Music files are large and moving any large files over the network can strain the network bandwidth.

Finally, In my first professional job I had something similar happen. The AV server was not updating and we were attacked by a virus that effected the servers in my location and throughout the enterprise. During our investigation it was found that my workstation was one of the entry points of the virus. It was found that I had visited a website that was infected. Rather than denying it or making some excuse or blaming server management. I took my lumps. They had no use policy but I still took responsibility. That is what adults do.

edited.. Dropped url because it was the wrong link. Looking for the correct one now.

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Got to agree with faradhi on this one

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to erm...

using iTunes and sharing on a corporate PC is just asking for it.
You laid yourself open for the there's no smoke without fire argument. I bet they've been through your browsing habits, looked for P2P etc.

After all if they can't pin it on you, one of them is going to take the fall.

iTunes is a potential vector that has no part of their business. From what I've read there were a few itunes exploits, it does have an internet connection and it is capable of being attacked through malformed content.

Your best bet is to prove where the virus really came from, you may not get chance to do that. Failing that just hit google and hope you find something about methods of propagation of the virus you got.

Not finding anything on itunes may mean you were the first to get hit, it certainly won't mean it's not possible.

After all the network admin can't be up to much, manage to load iTunes at our place and three hefty blokes from IS will break your fingers.

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by The 'G-Man.' In reply to Ridiculous accusations, v ...

"I used iTunes daily since my employment began, and have shared out my library"

This is 100% illegal outside your own home.

Face it, you are screwed - start packing your desk.

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