When the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States last spring, a Georgia-based medical equipment packaging company worked to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical workers treating sick patients.
But a disgruntled former employee thwarted those efforts at a time when protective equipment was desperately needed.
Christopher Dobbins, a vice-president in the company who’d been fired a few weeks earlier, still had a secret account on the company’s computer system that he’d created before he was fired. Although the employer revoked his access, Dobbins used this secret account to get back into the company’s computer system from his home in late March. Once in the network, he changed or deleted critical data that the company needed to function, such as shipping information. It delayed the company’s ability to send out shipments of PPE.