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Re: Using DD to Read Data from Oracle Datafiles

From: Niall Litchfield <>
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 14:39:29 +0000
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On 2/9/07, Michael Haddon <> wrote:
> Very well put Tim, the most ethical people I have run into are in IT, while
> it's normally the executive management that schemes to deceive. I have never
> read about 'that sysadmin/dba that used their access to cheat the company
> and it's employees for their own benefit'.

I'm more than a little uncomfortable with this sort of thought, not least of course because it doesn't exactly chime with my own experience, but also because it seems to me that there is a spread of ethical people across the spectrum in all professions, for that matter in all political parties all religious groupings and so on.

It is true that frauds are perpetrated on companies, by and large, by people in reasonably senior management positions. This points more I think to opportunity and ability than to an innate difference between them and IT (or HR or whatever) staff.

And in every IT department I have ever worked in theft has been rampant, obviously IT people tend not to call not paying license fees for software, or accounting correctly for numbers of copies of software installed, ripping music to CD/MP3 and so on theft, or to think of it as unethical, but it is. I'm afraid my observation is that people in all walks of life tend to do things they think that they can get away with (and that hurt corporations and not identifiable people by preference) and tell themselves that it's OK really.

Niall Litchfield
Oracle DBA
Received on Fri Feb 09 2007 - 08:39:29 CST

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