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Hacking into your former paper's website?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by gravehunter, Dec 20, 2014.

  1. gravehunter

    gravehunter Member

    Has anyone heard of anything like this happening?

    A former employee, who claims to be one of the top sports writers in the country (and he says that with a straight face), left the paper to take a job with another paper out of state. The other night, he covers a story in his new city and decides to post a copy of his story on our website.
    Evidently, his logon information was never killed and he was able to get back into the system.

    If you knew the guy, it wouldn't come as a complete shock that he would even try something like this, but isn't that like a pretty serious offense? Aside from removing his access the site, I would think that some legal issues would come into play...and the story in question was pretty shitty.
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    That's not hacking.
  3. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Yeah, it's not hacking since you left his permissions up, but it is ridiculous. Tell his new bosses immediately.
  4. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    I'd post a story on your website uncovering the guy for the douche he is.
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    What kind of amateurs don't deactivate an account the moment a person leaves the company? Maybe the publisher and editor should channel their anger into hiring at least one part-time IT person who doesn't work in India.
  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    When I "resigned" from Continental Airlines to "pursue other opportunities" they didn't lock me out of my email right away.

    I was able to "reply all" to the email that was sent out announcing my resignation. It was pretty awesome.

    At the Devil Rays, they were locking you out of your computer at the very moment you resigned/got fired.
  7. If Deadspin doesn't have a story up soon, this didn't happen.
  8. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    My sister worked at a place where you needed keycards to get in. They were laying off people, deactivating their keycards, and escorting them out. Well, one woman walked out with another person to commiserate on the latter's layoff. While she was outside, her card was also deactivated. That's how she found out she was being laid off.
  9. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Did you send something nasty to everyone, or was it a polite goodbye?
  10. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    You really need to ask?
  11. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I kept it classy. I just didn't like my boss getting the last word, and she really didn't like it that I did get the last word.

    Here's her email:

    Sent: 5/4/2004 11:22 AM
    Subject: Brand Marketing Staffing Changes

    Hello everyone. I wanted to let you know that YankeeFan has resigned to pursue other opportunities. While we will miss him I am very happy to report that we are promoting AstrosFan to the Sponsorship Manager position. AstrosFan has been with Continental for over 7 years and most recently was the Senior Analyst of Sponsorships. I am sure each of you has had a chance to work with AstrosFan over the years but if you have not, you will find him to be smart, strategic and extremely personable.

    Ill be back in touch with celebration plans but in the meantime please congratulate AstrosFan on a promotion well deserved.

    Not a YankeeFan

    And, my reply:

    From: YankeeFan
    Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 8:24 PM
    Subject: RE: Brand Marketing Staffing Changes

    Yes, it's true. My tenure at Continental has come to an all too abrupt end.

    But by leaving sat this time, I'd like to think that I'm following the advice of former GE Chairman & CEO Jack Welch when he said, "change before you have to."

    I've enjoyed my time at Continental immensely. I've learned a lot and traveled to far-flung locals that I never imagined that I'd visit.

    But, what I'll miss most are the people that I've worked with. Continental Airlines, and the marketing department in particular, is blessed with some of the finest individuals I've ever had the pleasure to meet. Continental is lucky to have you and I was lucky to have worked with you.

    I'm not sure what the future holds for me, but I hope that I'll be able to keep in touch with many of you.

    You can reach me on my cell phone at (xxx) xxx-xxxx or by email at YankeeFan@hotmail.com and for those of you who would like to join me, a group of us will be gathering next Wednesday, the 12th, at the Crown Plaza for a proper send off.

    I'd also like to congratulate AstrosFan on his promotion. He's more than earned it.

    Lastly, I'd like to thank everyone for their support & kind words. It means a great deal to me.

  12. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Your typos are endearing even in a professional environment.
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