A new program allows even a relative novice to turn hacker, stealing access to social networks and other unsecured login credentials via open wireless networks. Already, the application which was only launched a few days ago has had a half million downloads. Which means that your next login while innocently surfing at a hotspot in an airport lounge, your local library or coffee shop might be the one that allows your account to be hacked. And for a potential cyberbully: imagine sitting at the local highschool gathering up session cookies as each teen logs into their social network, their blog, their photo sharing site. At will the hacker or cyberbully could use this application, called Firesheep, to assume your online identity and abuse your account any way they want: change a password, upload a photo, write a blog entry, order items via online shopping, etc.
It’s a terrible thing to realize you need to let an employee go. Whether it’s necessary because you’re cutting expenses, the role is no longer needed or the individual is not suited for the position, it’s painful to go through both for employer and employee. And when not handled appropriately, the employee may be left with tools they can use to harm the company long after they are gone.