Frustration Hacking - or the lack of it?

A Jericho Forum email yesterday drew my attention to a claim by Eric Domage of IDC that the current recession is likely to trigger an increase in so called “frustration hacking” when people opportunistically attack their own company because they have been fired or frustrated”.

Nonsense, I thought. My experience has always been that when times are hard and people get sacked, taking unnecessary risks is the last thing on their mind. Future security takes priority. That means not risking redundancy payments, pension rights and employer references. It’s bad enough being out of work, but it’s a lot worse to end up destitute and unemployable.   

Interestingly, responses to my comments from colleagues were mixed, some for and some against, though most seemed to agree with me. Perhaps this would be a good topic for a debate?

Join the conversation


Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

Yes, that's worth a debate. That's not nonsense at all. We have numerous case histories of data breach in the face of layoff. This is not speculative guesswork, but real events that were intercepted by DLP. There's also the recent work by the Ponemon institute on the topic. Kevin
Good point, but are these people removing data for subsequent personal use (which has always beeen a universal temptation) or people wreaking vengeance on their employer?