Note: We received this from a friend in the Omaha security community. We’re not (nor was he) sure if it’s true or not, but it was too funny and serves as a good reminder regardless of authenticity, so we wanted to share.
“We find it’s always better to fire people on a Friday. Studies have statistically shown that there’s less chance of an incident if you do it at the end of the week.”
— Bob Slydell, Office Space
Well, not all the time, Bob. Allow me to explain.
On Friday, November 15, 2013, I started to receive reports of my web server being unreachable for connections originating from outside the central office. I checked my servers in a panic and found all of them were humming along like a satchel of hornets. I checked the connection with my smartphone and saw that my website was indeed unresponsive. I also checked some other work websites and saw that they were unresponsive from the outside too. Checking further, I found that not only were the DNS entries not resolving externally, all traffic was disappearing into an unanswered pit of silence. It took the ISP working a 72-hour weekend shift to fix the issue. The issue? Allegedly a technician was fired on that fateful Friday and decided to play a little real life “Grand Theft Auto: Fiber Seeking Backhoe Expansion Pack” and did some unauthorized excavating at an ISP networking site. The attached picture of the aftermath speaks volumes. Yes, those are unearthed fiber conduits. This also affected many other organizations in the Metro area. I guess it is true that you can only reduce your risks but never eliminate them, even when canning someone on a Friday.