Top Serious Technology Scandals During The Past Decade

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Through the past decade, the IT community witnessed serious scandals related to leading technology companies like Sony BMG, Savvis, AT&T, HP or WorldCom. The following article only focuses on some major incidents. For example, the Bush administration used the Web to spy on Americans, or the sexual affair of former HP CEO Mark Hurd and the murder of  Namesys founder Hans Reiser are also listed in the top technology scandals during the past decade.

 

Sony rootkit


Sony BMG was strictly criticized when the company loaded rootkit, a copy-protection software onto about 100 CD titles. When the CDs were loaded into a PC, the software was covertly launched and created vulnerabilities that could be exploited by computer worms and viruses.

 


Sony BMG must recollect the CDs and later settled lawsuits filed against it by the states of Texas, New York, and California

Sony BMG must recollect the CDs and later settled lawsuits filed against it by the states of Texas, New York, and California

 

The murder of Hans Reiser


Hans Reiser, who founded Namesys and developed a pioneering computer filing system, was blamed for murdering his wife, Nina Reiser.

 


He was sentenced to 15 years to life for his murdering

He was sentenced to 15 years to life for his murdering

 

Sex-harassment of former HP CEO


Mark Hurd, the former HP CEO, was forced to leave this big group after Jodie Fisher, a former HP contract worker cum soft-core porn actress, claimed Hurd sexually harassed her.

 


The board of HP investigated and said there was no evidence to prove that Fisher\'s allegations were true

The board of HP investigated and said there was no evidence to prove that Fisher\'s allegations were true

 

Savvis’s scandal


Robert McCormick, former CEO of IT services company Savvis, had to resign in 2005 after he and several associates expended $241,000 on his company credit card during a single visit to Scores topless bar in New York.

 


The New York Daily News dubbed him

The New York Daily News dubbed him "The Lap Dunce"

 

AT&T\'s shocking announcement


In 2006, a former AT&T employee revealed that the Bush administration was using the Web to spy on Americans. AT&T set up a secret room at its San Francisco facilities where the government could collect and manage Internet traffic belonging to individual Americans.

 


The U.S. President George Bush (top) and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenso (pictured sitting)

The U.S. President George Bush (top) and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenso

 

WorldCom


WorldCom, the second largest U.S. long distance phone company in 2000, was involved in the country\'s largest accounting scandal. There was $11 billion accounting fraud at WorldCom coupled with the resulting nosedive in the company\'s stock price.

 


Worldcom and its owner Ebbers

Worldcom and its owner Ebbers

 

 

 

Related links:

Top 5 IT scandals of 2009

Obama cheating scandal

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This article was published on 2010/11/10