Fired Employee Takes Revenge On Those Who Fired Her By Deleting Gigabytes Of Data…. Ouch!

Talking about wanting vengeance.

A former employee of a New York credit union pleaded guilty to accessing the financial institution’s computer systems without authorization and destroying over 21 gigabytes of data in revenge after being fired:

According to court documents, the defendant worked remotely as a part-time employee for the credit union until May 19, 2021, when she was fired.

Even though a credit union employee asked the bank’s information technology support firm to disable Barile’s remote access credentials, that access was not removed. Two days later, on May 21, Barile logged on for roughly 40 minutes.

The defendant deleted over 20,000 files and around 3,500 directories during that time, totaling roughly 21.3 gigabytes of data stored on the bank’s share drive.

The wiped included files related to customers’ mortgage loan applications and the financial institution’s anti-ransomware protection software.

Besides deleting documents with customer and company data, Barile also opened various confidential Word documents, including files containing board minutes for the credit union.

Five days later, on May 26, she also told a friend via text messages how she was able to destroy thousands of documents on her former employer’s servers, saying, “They didn’t revoke my access so I deleted p drift lol. [..] I deleted their shared network documents.”

The credit union had backups. So they were able to restore the data. Though it did cost them a fair amount of money and time to do so. But the takeaway from this is that every company is one disgruntled employee away from a major disaster. So all companies need to ensure that they not only backup their data, but they have controls in place to ensure that when someone is fired or quits, their access to data is removed so that this sort of thing doesn’t happen.

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