Sacked worker used spyware to read former colleagues’ emails

Graham Cluley

According to media reports, a British man who lost his IT job after lying about his career history and qualifications hacked into his former employees’ network and planted spyware on colleagues’ PCs.

46-year-old Julius Oladiran of South Norwood, London, lost his database developer job after his employers became suspicious about his lack of knowledge, and found that he had lied about having a master’s degree and experience on top government projects.

Oladiran installed spyware on the small company’s network, in an attempt to intercept email traffic about him, but was discovered when a worker noticed the cursor on his computer moving around the screen seemingly by its own accord.

The hacker also deleted some emails between his former colleagues, sabotaging a project which then lead to the lay-off of several workers…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.