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IT Pros Can't Resist Peeking At Privileged Info 388

Orome1 writes "IT security staff will be some of the most informed people at the office Christmas party this year. A full 26 per cent of them admit to using their privileged log in rights to look at confidential information they should not have had access to in the first place. It has proved just too tempting, and maybe just human nature, for them to rifle through redundancy lists, payroll information and other sensitive data including, for example, other people's Christmas bonus details."
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IT Pros Can't Resist Peeking At Privileged Info

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  • by eldavojohn ( 898314 ) * <(eldavojohn) (at) (> on Monday December 05, 2011 @12:40PM (#38267154) Journal
    Oh come on, let he who hasn't gotten a massive data rager throw the first stone. So you're telling me that when you're doing a database dump of all your employee's payroll data and you see those beautiful digits paired with a sensual home address and foxy expiration date that you don't pitch a tent right there on the spot? I'm man enough to admit that I've had to walk around cubeland holding a notebook in front of me after taking a selfish glance at a naughty excel spreadsheet filled with transaction after hawt transaction of coffee mugs and pens. As if you've never had to spend your lunch break firing off a few knuckle children in the handi stall of the men's room when you stumbled across every customer's wishlist of your office supply products! Someone actually got to see everyone's Christmas bonus details? Pass the Kleenexes!

    The United States' cultural suppression of natural and healthy sexuality just makes me ill sometimes.
  • by oh-dark-thirty ( 1648133 ) on Monday December 05, 2011 @12:44PM (#38267200)

    Nor do I, it would probably just piss me off anyway.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 05, 2011 @12:49PM (#38267304)

    Read the full sentence: Only 26% admit. The other 74% deny everything :)

  • red button (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 05, 2011 @12:51PM (#38267340)

    don't forget there are IT guys outside the corporate world:

  • by eldavojohn ( 898314 ) * <(eldavojohn) (at) (> on Monday December 05, 2011 @01:00PM (#38267520) Journal

    50% Informative
    30% Overrated
    20% Funny

    Where a joke post about masturbating to scads of personal data results in your peers moderating you "informative."

  • Nuclear War (Score:5, Funny)

    by kbielefe ( 606566 ) <> on Monday December 05, 2011 @01:23PM (#38267868)

    That's why I think nuclear armageddon won't be started by heads of state and their military advisors, but by some disrespected IT guy who constantly has to reset the passwords to the launch codes.

  • by sohmc ( 595388 ) on Monday December 05, 2011 @01:24PM (#38267892) Journal

    When I worked for my college's CompSci department, my coworkers and I were responsible for the incremental backups.

    One day, we got a call from a professor who accidentally deleted a bunch of data, totally several gigs. When we restored the data, it turned out it was his pr0n folder. We never let him forget that we can see his data.

    I got A's in my programming classes after that...

  • by c ( 8461 ) <> on Monday December 05, 2011 @01:48PM (#38268236)

    It was "informative". Perhaps a little too informative, granted, but the slashdot moderation system only had a small set of choices...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 05, 2011 @01:51PM (#38268292)

    You know what is more interesting than knowing how much someone makes? Finding that the hot blonde down the hall was the 2nd act in "Sexy Book Worms 19"
    4 years ago....

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 05, 2011 @02:57PM (#38269312)

    It all seems fair to me.
    You have your soul.
    He has his Bugatti Veyron.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 05, 2011 @03:12PM (#38269532)

    The problem with sales commissions is that sales guys never get their commissions reduced by the cost of additional support needed to fix the customer problems caused because they sales guys sold them features that don't exist. Commissions are usually based on the size of the deal, so the bigger deal is always preferable, and the aftermath becomes someone else's problem. (Usually those guys "just clicking buttons").

    If software sales techniques were applied elsewhere:

    Customer: I want a car.
    Salesguy: Sure. We've got cars.
    C: It must be fast.
    S: We have one with a 600HP motor and awesome aerodynamics.
    C: It must go round corners like it's on rails.
    S: We have sports suspension.
    C: I need to carry my large family around.
    S: Yeah, we know how to make minivans.
    C: I really enjoy off-roading.
    S: So you need 4WD, big wheels and high suspension. No problem.
    C: I care about the environment.
    S: Our engineers have made a car that gets 45mpg. No problem.
    C: It must be really comfortable
    S: Leather and Luxury are what we're known for.
    C: I need a lot of cargo space because I'm in construction.
    S: We have pick-up trucks.
    C: Oh, six vehicles? I really don't have room for six.
    S: Our engineers could easily make all of that into one vehicle.
    C: Really? That would be awesome. I'll take one. (Opens wallet, picture of family falls out)
    S: You'll never get to drive it though - your wife will love it!
    C: Good point, I'll take 2. Make hers a convertible.
    S: Hey, that's a good looking family you've got there.
    C: That's my daughter Kate, she's just started driving. Oh, make it 3 cars. Can I get them before her birthday next week?
    S: No problem!
    S: Engineering!!!!

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