TJX employee fired for revealing bad security practices

By Justin Mann on May 23, 2008, 7:49 PM
If you see a serious flaw in your company’s security policies and want management to do something about it, what would you do? What you shouldn't do, it seems, is tell anyone. One TJX employee decided to blow the whistle on bad security practices that the company used, and he was rewarded with a pink slip. The employee was fired following a series of posts on online forums where he spoke against TJX's infrastructure. Given that they recently lost 45 million credit card numbers, you can see why they might be a little sensitive about that.

The employee sought to expose the company’s bad security practices, and for that he claims he does not regret getting fired. Truth or not, at the very least people who have data hosted on TJX servers (which includes a lot of people) should know if the company that has already suffered one catastrophic data leak is susceptible to suffering another.

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nellwal said:
I was very disturbed when I read this. As a whistleblower who spent 3 years in litigation against my former employer for data security issues I wrote a "7 steps to Successful Whistleblowing for IT Professionals" to give people an idea of what it takes to achieve a goal in something like this: [url]
Whistle blower is such a hot topic, My dad once got denied a promotion for a cook promotion because this guy lied that he had a bad temper and lied behind his back, Everyone knew it was bullshit and he only found out cause a good friend/manager let him know what was going on w/ his promotion. pissed him off yes, but he got a better promotion later ;) that guy should have been fired and then prosecuted but this guy talking cause security sucks should have been awarded and then his boss should have been fired, this is gay...
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