+ 1 Votes It's really not a big deal robo_dev 2 years ago If she locked the file cabinet and took the key, you would drill out the lock, no big deal. As a helpful IT dept you should just do what they asked you to do. It never hurts to have friends in positions that may save your job some day. The only policy concerns are typically that only the IT or security people should be using these sorts of tools. There is no legal issue, unless there is a legal issue with the files to start with. For example, if these files were evidence of a crime, then perhaps using a cracking tool would contaminate or invalidate the evidence and/or chain of custody. If you're using cracking tools to pirate software or change license keys, there are obviously legal issues with that, but when it comes to data files, it's your data and you can do whatever you want with it. + 0 Votes if your boss says jump, you say "how high" will_smith 2 years ago i agree with danekan, the policy comes down to who's on top and what they want. + 2 Votes it would require a senior VP approval in our company danekan 2 years ago to do anything like this in our [large corporation] company it would take the approval of a senior VP of HR. not that that would be difficult to obtain, but we wouldn't do it without it. They require this same approval if we transfer a users' files or e-mails to a new employee or just someone else in general, though this is often skirted as it's easy to avoid. Cracking a password is considered a DMCA violation if it's not authorized, I wouldn't just do it without it being in writing that your company wanted you to do it, even though it's totally all internally. + 0 Votes if your boss says jump, you say "how high" will_smith 2 years ago i agree with danekan, the policy comes down to who's on top and what they want.