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Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'


I remember being hauled in to HR at 2:30 PM on a Friday. I was laid off right then and there. My department's VP was called in to be a witness in case I reacted in a "negative" manner.

After telling me why I was being laid off they asked if I had any questions. "Just one", I replied. "According to the Security manual if an admin leaves the company the password on his account must be changed immediately.".

Since I know HR was anal about policies and rules, she asked if that could be done. I told her I could log in on her computer with my account, request a password change and the VP could enter a new password with out me knowing what it is. That way the policy would have been satisfied.

So logged in into her PC, requested a password change and , the VP changed my password. I was escorted to my cube, picked up my personal stuff, and walked out the door for the last time.

I would have loved to have been there Monday morning when they discovered that 50+ script files, processes, backups, etc barfed a lung because they were hard coded to use my account/password..

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