Help me find this old AskMetafilter thread April 14, 2010 9:02 AM   Subscribe

There was an AskMetafilter thread sometime ago from a company wanting to fire their crazy IT guy, but they were afraid he installed back doors and other nefarious things and didn't know how to proceed. There was some good advice in the thread, but I can't seem to find it.

If I remember the poster was in Portland or Seattle or some northeast city. There was some really specific advice (including what firms to contact), but the main thrust was that they should assume their entire system is compromised and go from there.

It was a really good example of what not to do for a small business owner that doesn't have a lot of technical expertise. I've been googling for over an hour, but can't seem to find it. I may have even commented in the thread but googling over my name hasn't helped.

Some other details: the firing was going to take place, I think, on a Monday and they had a weekend to prepare. The IT guy was also a no-show and had been working from home for some time.
posted by geoff. to MetaFilter-Related at 9:02 AM (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Googleable term and relevant tag is BFOH.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:06 AM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]

(BOFH, actually.)
posted by restless_nomad at 9:08 AM on April 14, 2010

Ah, BOFH! Of course. That's it, thanks! (Also, I guess Portland is in the northwest now).
posted by geoff. at 9:12 AM on April 14, 2010

I like the idea of a Bastard From Operator Hell....
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:25 AM on April 14, 2010 [3 favorites]

It would be interesting to get an update on that situation, in case the OP is reading this.
posted by chillmost at 9:48 AM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]

I just emailed the throwaway Gmail account mentioned in the post. We'll have to wait and see if there's a response.
posted by Plutor at 12:06 PM on April 14, 2010

Until I checked the date, I wondered if it was a disguised question about this situation in San Francisco.
posted by Zed at 1:15 PM on April 14, 2010

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