You’d be right to think that hacking, phishing and computer misuse were subjects of discussion in a company’s boardroom. But what happens when the Boardroom itself becomes the subject of a severe case of computer hacking? And what happens when the incident occurs as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) gives his presentation to the Board? That was the predicament that faced the CEO of Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems Inc as he gave his Baltimore presentation in the Boardroom.
As his fellow Boardroom executives watched attentively all was revealed. As the CEO’s PowerPoint presentation switched from the humdrum PowerPoint bullet points to some bare figures. Really bare figures. So bare that they were very revealing indeed.
The cause? Well, it was a former employee, disgruntled at being fired by the Company. So, he used his extensive computer skills to hack into the company’s computer system. Then he installed some key logging software to catch various passwords from key individuals. And, yes, I think you can guess the effect he had on the figures in this particular Baltimore presentation. Because he revealed all the bare facts.
He was so successful that he managed to seize control of the CEO’s computer. In real time, as the CEO gave his PowerPoint presentation to his colleagues. We can only speculate as to their startled reaction to the graphic images projected into the Boardroom on their 64 inch colour monitor. Doubtless the CEO couldn’t establish eye contact with his enthralled audience. Well, not for a while as his Baltimore presentation suddenly featured graphic, full colour figures instead of tedious sales figures.
No doubt the luckless CEO has become the butt of many jokes.
And the perpetrator? Well, it had to end in tears for him. The Baltimore Judge gave him a two year suspended sentence. And, he also ordered him to complete 100 hours of community service and three years’ probation. A stiff one for causing presentation mayhem for this Baltimore presentation in the Boardroom.
Of course we’ve seen other risqué PowerPoint presentations in the past. But none more graphic than this Duke University graduate PowerPoint presentation.
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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+
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