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25th-Jan-2008 12:34 pm
Angry Employee Deletes All of Company's Data

Call it a tale of revenge gone wrong.

When Marie Lupe Cooley, 41, of Jacksonville, Fla., saw a help-wanted ad in the newspaper for a position that looked suspiciously like her current job — and with her boss's phone number listed — she assumed she was about to be fired.

So, police say, she went to the architectural office where she works late Sunday night and erased 7 years' worth of drawings and blueprints, estimated to be worth $2.5 million.

"She decided to mess up everything for everybody," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Ken Jefferson told reporters. "She just sabotaged the entire business, thinking she was going to get axed."

It didn't take Steven Hutchins, owner of the architectural firm that bears his name, much time to figure out who'd done it — Cooley was the only other person who had full access to the files.

Police arrested Cooley Monday evening and charged her with causing greater than $1,000 damage to computer files, a felony. She was bailed out the following afternoon.

Hutchins told one TV station he'd managed to recover all the files using an expensive data-recovery service.

As for the job, Cooley originally wasn't in danger of losing it. The ad was for Hutchins' wife's company.

The firm told FOXNews.com that Cooley no longer is employed there.

26th-Jan-2008 03:23 am (UTC)
26th-Jan-2008 03:25 am (UTC)
wow. At least wait until after you've gotten the boot before doing something like that. Or cover your tracks better.
26th-Jan-2008 04:09 am (UTC)
In a situation like this, there probably wouldn't be any chance after the fact. Someone with that kind of power is usually escorted from the premises upon being terminated.
26th-Jan-2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
Not just terminated, but laid off as well.

Also - I've seen people who voluntarily give 2 weeks' notice have their access to the network yanked, and they are escorted off the property to start their 2 weeks' paid vacation -- courtesy of the company they're leaving.

I guess 2 weeks' pay is cheaper than fixing any and all damage they might inflict.
26th-Jan-2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
I guess 2 weeks' pay is cheaper than fixing any and all damage they might inflict.

28th-Jan-2008 05:11 am (UTC)
Love it!!
26th-Jan-2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah — that's why you hide a script that will delete everything unless you poke it at least once every three months.

If you're a vindictive bastard who actually knows what you're doing, that is.
27th-Jan-2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Or just set up a backdoor access. Modifying files can be even nastier than deleting them.
26th-Jan-2008 03:40 am (UTC)
That's just insane. I hate to say it, but she deserved it. Lots of people get fired. Not everyone tries to put everyone else out of work.
26th-Jan-2008 03:46 am (UTC)
26th-Jan-2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Wow!! Talk about karma coming back and biting you in the ass.

This numbnut fully deserved what she received. This shows why it's a good idea to get all of the facts before acting.

**shakes head**
26th-Jan-2008 03:47 am (UTC)
I'm jumping the gun here, but if she was looking in the employment section of the newspaper, I mean... maybe her job didn't mean that much to her at all?

26th-Jan-2008 04:11 am (UTC)
I thought about that, too. Then again, maybe she was just curious about them, or looking up an ad that someone else told her she should see, or checking for someone else......
26th-Jan-2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I read them when I'm bored. Occasionally you see some pretty funny ones.
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26th-Jan-2008 04:12 am (UTC)
BONUS POINTS: She wasn't even gonna get fired.
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26th-Jan-2008 04:24 am (UTC)
I was wondering the same thing...
26th-Jan-2008 08:09 am (UTC)
Being the optimist here... maybe since she had access to ALL the files, she had access to the off-site backups as well?
26th-Jan-2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
I thought that at first too.."What, no backups??" then remembered that at the jobs where I was the Network Admin, I was responsible for all of the backups and had the backup data at my house offsite. So I could have done the exact same thing.
26th-Jan-2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
Mmm. when I was an I.T. manager, I made sure there was a backup at one of the directors' houses and a backup in the US office (it was a UK-based company) as well as the one at my house, the ones in the fire safe and the one in the server room.

OK, the secondary offsite backups weren't especially recent, but at least it would stop the company losing seven years of data.

Then again, I was possibly the only competent I.T. person in the company, so nobody would have complained if I hadn't gone to all that trouble.
28th-Jan-2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Also depends on where you work. The biggest threat to good backups is managers who think that magnetic tapes aren't worth the cost.
26th-Jan-2008 04:41 pm (UTC) - Seriously!!
I read the article, and it went like this in my head:

"She deleted all the files, oh snap! That was stupid, good thing they have a backup... data recovery serv-- WHAT?! No backup?"

Especially if your files are supposedly worth millions. Our files are worth lots of annoyance-saving only, and we back them up like the Pentagon. No, wait, we're better than the pentagon, now that I think about it, because we keep everything.
27th-Jan-2008 11:41 pm (UTC) - Re: Seriously!!
Small companies don't think about that, especially if they only move up the only person in the office who seems to kinda know their way around a computer. The "IT" person I work with (I'm considered IT at my office, but I just know my way around Windows, I've had ZERO training in the field) has taken a few classes, but she could never be really considered IT, much less in charge of it. We've got a partnership with a larger company that kinda forced us to use their methods of backing up data. Even with their help, I still sit at my desk thinking "WTF???" about some of the asinine things we do. Ah the joys of being married to a network security guy who has our home network locked up like Fort Knox so that sometimes I can't get on with my laptop...
28th-Jan-2008 02:40 pm (UTC) - Re: Seriously!!
XP Pro or Sever 2003 = NTBACKUP. That utility is worth its weight in gold.
27th-Jan-2008 03:53 am (UTC)
It's a toss-up.

And no, they didn't have backups; a TV report I saw said the company's instituting off-site backups as a result of this.
26th-Jan-2008 05:32 am (UTC)
26th-Jan-2008 08:17 am (UTC)
I wonder how she feels knowing that she not only lost her job (unnecessarily), but also that she's made herself notorious enough that she won't be able to find a new job?
26th-Jan-2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
The inevitable felony conviction may be a little issue in her next job search, too.
27th-Jan-2008 02:13 am (UTC)
Icon love!
27th-Jan-2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Thank you!
27th-Jan-2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Go Karma!
26th-Jan-2008 08:36 am (UTC)
That's got to get you blacklisted or something from hiring agencies.
26th-Jan-2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
"...can I still use you guys as a reference?"
26th-Jan-2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
Nice going, dipshit. *headdesk*
27th-Jan-2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Alita/Gally icon love!!
28th-Jan-2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Oh </i>snap</i>. Ha. Serves her right, too.
11th-Feb-2008 05:40 am (UTC)
I'm ashamed to say I live in the same city as this paragon of human evolution.
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