March 2002: Upset about the size of his annual bonus, a global financial services employee planted a "logic bomb" that deleted 10 billion customer records. The incident affected more than 1,300 of the company's servers throughout the United States. The company sustained losses of approximately $3 million-the amount required to repair damage and reconstruct deleted files.
November 2004: A life insurance company's "temp" employee was given system administrator clearance, and at the project's completion, applied to the organization for permanent status and was rejected. He argued openly with his supervisor and was terminated. His access to the company's main database system, however, was not. Using his existing password, he logged into the company's database and destroyed hundreds of records before being caught.
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