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California and federal officials are searching for a former employee of a large water utility who is suspected of trying to transfer more than $9m to an offshore account after quitting the company. Abdirahman Ismail Abdi made the brazen transfers on April 27, just hours after resigning from the California Water Services Company …

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Sounds like a sucess story to me

> It would appear that Abdi's plan may not have succeeded

His wire transfers failed - isn't that what safeguards and IT security are supposed to produce.

Really the headline for this story should be "IT security and anti-fraud procedures work as designed", but of course that sort of good-news story wouldn't sucker-in the readership, so instead we get a headline that makes us think someone got away with it - when in fact they didn't.

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So why was his keycard still working? That should have been handed in as he left the premises for the last time. There's your fundamental security breach, they let him back on the premises.

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Amish?

Let me guess, he was Amish?

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Frankfort?

s/o/u/

Also:

"yet to explain how a former employer could gain access to some of its most sensitive"

shouldn't that be s/employer/employee/?

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@Pete, first post.

Thumbs up. Stick it to the man (Register).

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I wonder...

...would Abdi consider a career in Westminster? He seems well-qualified for the job if only he could get over his instinct to run away after stealing money - that sort of behaviour suggests he knew it was wrong and is therefore not suited to MPs.

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Cue the

puns about 'liquid assets'.

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Private Water Co.s

As a resident to California area (unincorporated) suffering under the ever increasing bills from a private water company, I am firmly convinced that greed and water (a necessity of life) do not mix. All water systems must be government owned/controlled. By the people and for the people. Ask the folks in Bolivia.

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New Westminster?

As a resident of Vancouver, I'm just scratching my head trying to figure out why anyone with $9m would do a bunk to New West...

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Uh, no, not really a great success

Sounds like the bank had a clue, stopping the transfer.

Abdi didn't - you want to fraud quietly, accumulate some cash and then Madoff with the loot.

And the utility sure as hell didn't have a clue if they somehow let him attempt those transfers from their secured buildings. Once your employment is done, you really should be escorted off site pretty quickly and all sensitive IT access shut off. It happened to me, and I could quite easily understand the reasons, even though it felt cold blooded. You are henceforth a guest, to be treated nicely, but a guest nevertheless. Sensitive IT work is predicated on trust, to an extent, and you really can't trust someone in this kind of situation.

I'm glad this got reported - insider risks are big, but do not result in much $ for software vendors so tendencies are to hype the latest security buzztech instead.

But hey, New West, BC, is in my 'hood so maybe I'll see Amdi around.

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Wow, what an open door for headlines

"Draining water utility"

"Man needs water boarding"

etc etc.

Mine's the one with the snorkel. Flippers too, thanks.

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Water shame

that is all

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Liked the plan...

Pack the wife and kids and send them off to Frankfurt. Leave California and head to New Westminster...

I bet he had a bit on the side there!

--Ronnie Biggs

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A Big Misunderstanding

This is obviously all a big misunderstanding. He's an auditor and what he's doing is checking the company procedures for dealing with resignation of staff. He's carrying out activities intended to excercise and stress those procedures so find put where the weak points are. He can probably produce an e-mail from someone asking him to audit procedures.

OK, he's got a bit carried away and has extended the test to external banks and police agencies, but this is good, it shows he is keen and committed to doing a really good job of this test. There are many links between a company and external organisations and these links have to be tested.

When he's finally apprehended, he'll ask the arresting officer to sign and date the corresponding item on the test script and that will be the end of it.

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Plenty of treasure here - no digging required

For anyone who wants to compare and contrast (do we remember how to do that?) this with the Madoff case.

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Daddy!

Daddy why is your hand missing?

I stole from my employer and they sent sharia thugs to get revenge.

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This needs to happen to spyware and malware makers.

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resignation

How exactly did he resign?

If he left a sealed letter on his manager's desk, after said manager had left for the day, then it is hardly a big surprise that his access had not yet been revoked. If 'resigned' is the usual euphemism for marched out of the building kicking and screaming, then a little bit more blame can reasonably be assigned to the employer, but seriously, what was to stop him doing all of this, and then resigning five minutes later? Not really much different is it?

Nor does it have much to do with IT - in the old days, if he had that much responsibility, he would have walked down to the bank and asked for the cash, and as a long standing customer would have been given it without question.

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