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4/9/2013
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Slide Show: 8 Egregious Examples Of Insider Threats

Real-world case studies from the CERT Insider Threat Center
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A large U.S. city locked in labor negotiations with union employees was hit by two employees who helped build the traffic control system for the organization in protest of the proceedings. Even though the city had pre-emptively disabled union employee access to systems due to concerns of potential sabotage, these two insiders managed to gain control of the system due to a supervisor previously sharing his credentials. Once in the system, they disconnected signal control boxes at four intersections and locked out anyone else from being able to fix the problem.

"So for four days in this major city, the traffic lights would just blink and go from color to color," says Dawn Cappelli, principal engineer at CERT.

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