Fired Employee Accused Of Hijacking Company Website For Digital Revenge
One day, employees at TSC Construction Co. found themselves locked out of the company's website and email services. They tried to get access back from their provider, GoDaddy.com, but were rebuffed, reports BuffaloNews.com. The password had been changed by an authorized user, according to the web host. The bosses immediately knew, or so they thought, who that authorized user was: Brett Rawdin, who had been fired the day before.
Rawdin was one of two employees who knew the login and password, according to the lawsuit TSC filed this week in the New York Supreme Court. He was a project manager for the wireless infrastructure company, with a $125,000 salary, an expense account, car allowance, and unspecified share in the company -- which all slipped away, except for the latter, when he received his termination letter.
The lawsuit also accuses Rawdin of abusing his expense account for more than $100,000, and making bad business deals without approval. Rawdin denies all the charges, and his spokesman claims that he will be able to fully defend himself, and will also file counterclaims against his ex-employer. Rawdin resents the publicizing of these allegations without evidence, the spokesman added. It's all an attempt, he believes, to remove Rawdin from the company.
"The papers speak for themselves," Samuel J. Savarino, the managing member of TSC's ownership group, told BuffaloNews.com. "It's a matter with a disgruntled former employee who forced us to take the action we took."
The lawsuit claims that Rawdin now has sole control over the company's email and website, and has used this access to send emails to customers "so as to improperly and falsely create the appearance that Rawdin remains an employee of TSC." The company seeks compensatory damages of at least half a million dollars.
Rawdin wouldn't be the first angry employee to take digital revenge against a former employer. Earlier this year, an ex-IT support manager at Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems hijacked the CEO's PowerPoint presentation to display an image of a naked woman. A judge gave him a two-year suspended prison sentence and 100 hours of community service. And this week it was reported that one of Mark Davidson's Twitter ghostwriters, who had been recently fired by the "internet sales & marketing professional," tweeted Davidson's 55,693 followers that his former employer was mean, cheap, and inept at social media.
"And all the funny stuff that @markdavidson wrote, that was all me. The other 2 ghostwriters are really boring. Good luck, bro..." he tweeted.
"And change your freakin' password!" he added as a tip.