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Insider steals 9M from a california based water company

May 20, 2009 Leave a comment

I was reading a news report about how an auditor at the California Water Service Company in San Jose broke into the company’s computer system and transferred $9 million into offshore bank accounts and fled the country, or so they think.

It’s a very interesting story but what’s stopping me is that this insider was able to work at a Critical Infrastructure Company without being a US citizen nor have any legal status that allows him to actually work anywhere! . The news article mentioned that “Abdi is not a U.S. citizen and was ordered deported to Somalia in 2005“.

But what’s really funny is that they have no idea of his whereabout or if he actually left the country.

Jose Garcia the public information officer at the San Jose Police Department said ” Due to the ongoing investigation, the police department could not confirm Abdi’s legal status in this country or if he fled the country.“. how clever is that.

A colorful bonanza of possible security breaches:

– No background checking
– No security clearance
– Lack of proper financial controls over critical/financial systems
– Abdi was seen by a janitor on the night of the crime.

The Full article is HERE