Computer tech deleted for ‘malicious’ software

Spy program found on office computer after tech fixed it
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/13/2013

This instalment of You Make the Call features a technical support employee who was fired after security concerns for the computer network were raised.

Lindsay McIvor, 49, was a computer technician for the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation, a First Nations community near Marius, Man. McIvor was dismissed in April 2008 due to funding cuts. In November of the same year, he was recalled. Before McIvor was recalled, the receptionist for the community office had difficulty logging on to her computer, so she called McIvor for help, even though he was not officially employed at the time. Her computer had all of the band’s administration files and access to financial information and was connected through a network to the band’s other computers.

Three years later, in the summer of 2011, the receptionist’s computer became slow in working. Another technician was summoned to check it out and discovered a software program called Cain and Able had been installed on the computer. Cain and Able was a program that could be downloaded for free off the Internet and could be used to recover encrypted passwords. This software could be used by hackers to collect passwords and program keys to recover information from a computer.