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10. Case Studies: Different Perspectives > The Disgruntled Employee

The Disgruntled Employee

It is often assumed that the motivation on the part of malicious parties targeting a given corporation is only to seek financial gain. This isn’t always the case. Those who decide to abuse and steal data from a given target can also be driven by their emotions. After all, attackers are human beings, too. In this case study, we will see how a disgruntled individual is able to exploit gaps in his former employer’s infrastructure, not for mere financial gain but to ultimately quench his desire to seek vengeance.

The Performance Review

Nick Daniels considered it a privilege to work for Jack Graham. Nick was senior manager of sales. He reported to Jack, vice president of sales and marketing. Nick and Jack got along very well. Nick’s utmost priority was to make Jack look good while Jack did his best to protect and shield Nick from Acme, Inc.’s bureaucratic culture. The relationship between Nick and Jack was quite informal and it worked well.


  

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