It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.

Please white-list or disable in your ad-blocking tool.

Thank you.


Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.


NEWS: Study Examines Motives For Corporate Sabotage

page: 1

log in


posted on May, 22 2005 @ 04:09 PM
A study published by the United States Secret Service and the CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University examines the motives of insiders who purposely sabotage corporate computer resources. The study found that many instances of corporate sabotage were motivated by individuals interested in exacting some kind of retribution against their employer for real or percieved wrongs.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Corporate insiders who sabotage computers so sensitive they risk endangering national security or the economy commonly are motivated by revenge against their bosses, according to a government study released Monday.

The study, paid for by the Department of Homeland Security, examined dozens of computer-sabotage cases over six years to determine what motivates trusted insiders to attack and how their actions damage the country's most sensitive networks and data.

The review described most attackers as disgruntled workers or former employees -- typically working in technology departments -- who were angry over disciplinary actions, missed promotions or layoffs. The attacks included deleting vital software or data, posting pornography on an employer's Web site or crippling whole networks.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Sabotaging the company's IT infrastructure sure can create some havoc, but at least it's not as bad as going in to work with a weapon and shooting the place up.

The acts that affect national security by damaging important systems are disturbing, though.

The full text of the study is linked below.

Related News Links:

posted on May, 22 2005 @ 04:56 PM
The results of this study were spectacularly aligned with my own assumptions before opening this link. "Retribution" as a prime motive? Who would have guessed?!

I am sure many other members (corporate saboteurs or otherwise) will have the same reaction.

[edit on 22-5-2005 by MaskedAvatar]

posted on May, 22 2005 @ 08:47 PM
Hmm. Looks like common respect, tolerance, kindness, compassion and the like are not just 'nice,' but smart too. Astounding revelations.

posted on May, 22 2005 @ 09:07 PM
Yeah, not particularly surprising. I was a little interested to see that the Department of Homeland Defense had a role in funding this work.

Perhaps they were expecting to find political or ideological motivations behind some of the actions?

I guess this is just one more thing a harried manager has to think about between sexual harassments, racial ephitets, etc.

posted on May, 22 2005 @ 10:17 PM
It looks to me as though government is trying to redefine the term "corporate sabotage," towards employees, when in fact most all corporate sabotage is one corporation against another. One might imagine corporate sabotage is for competitive advantages, for example one corporation simply cannot compete against higher quality from another corporation so it destroys or takes it over. It is a fight for inferiority in products through superiority in dirty tricks.

On another front consider how corporations such as the Carlyle Group take over distressed Defense contractors, when their government influence suffocates these perfectly good companies. Then it takes over and suddenly through that influence you have the perfectly good company you already had under new ownership.

Score another one for big business silence on its own activities and its announcement of problems from the "little people." So it's all Guliver's Travels, if you will and redefining the language.

[edit on 22-5-2005 by SkipShipman]

posted on May, 23 2005 @ 03:09 AM
Seems like nothing more than trying to garner public sympathy or provide some rationale for increasing security measures for Corporations. Paid for by the Department for Homeland Security - aka tax-payers.

What sabotage to a corporations I.T system affects National Security??? Shouldnt the bigger issue raised here be that corporates have access to systems that are vital to national security?!

posted on May, 23 2005 @ 01:33 PM
Yet another study that took time and money to produce the results that common sense made available to millions of people.

Revenge, and money. Just about the most common motivations for any sort of betrayal-whether it be abandoning personal principles, becoming a traitor, or shafting a previous employer.

top topics


log in