Safety first

This IT department's security system flags a group of Internet-facing servers because outsiders keep trying to download torrent files from them, says a pilot fish in the loop.

"Upon investigation we found that before a security hole had been fixed, several of our Internet-facing servers had been exploited, and illegal downloaded files had been placed on our servers," fish says.

"As the exploit had been fixed and nobody could access those files, we asked our offshore team to identify illegal files and remove them from the servers.

"They proceeded to virus-check them and leave them on the servers.

"After several phone calls, the files were identified and removed when we pointed out that we were not being paid to act as an illegal download site, so why should we keep the files and make sure they were not infected by any viruses as well?"

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