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DBA's arrested for stealing millions

Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting
July 10, 2009

In recent news, the Secret Service has arrested two DBA's for using credit card details to steal millions of dollars in Phoenix.  This arrest highlights the importance of vetting DBA's for personal integrity and honesty.  Arrested is Mr. Curley, a DBA working for Fedex.  There is also mention of a co-conspirator, possibly named Moe or Larry:

"Curley had not only worked as a computer database analyst for American Express, he was one of the few who "could have possibly downloaded all of their account holders information, including the PIN numbers used to access money from ATM machines at various banks," according to court records.

Curley had recently been released from that job"

Michael Thomas, another DBA, was also arrested for theft:

"Police said he too had more than 100 bogus gift cards and credit cards that had been re-encoded with information from valid American Express customers. Investigators also wrote they have surveillance video of Thomas using the bogus cards at ATMs."

Absolute power corrupts absolutely

There are many cases where a DBA has stolen from their employers, and it's agreed that all security mechanisms should prevent the DBA from having complete power over system security, especially the audit trails:




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