On reading an article it showed a recently fired IT worker attempted to hold a Google account to a $200,000 ransom.
The worker had been fired and decided to change the Google password to an account controlled by a college, locking them out and all the students being able to access the data. Don’t let your passwords be held to ransom.
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Google originally refused to hand over the password as it was in the name of the former employee and not the company. Google finally handed over the password after a news article spread.
$200,000 would have been publicly embarrassing and also could have set a precedent for future ransom situations. No matter what you do policies need to be in place and we would recommend a password manager. You should make sure that passwords are not controlled by just one person.
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