27 Dec 2001 jonas   » (Master)

Merry Christmas everone!

I wish I could even begin to describe how interesting the past few days has been, but I wouldn't even come close even if I tried.

It all started when an, shall we say, incident, occured at a company I have close connections with. I was outraged that something like that could happen to such a company and I wrote to a journalist aquaintance of mine to tell him to write an article about incident response plans in Swedish Internet companies. Foolishly, I mentioned the company I had just heard about by name. Little did I know what would come of that slipped note!

My aquaintance thought that the article idea was interesting enough to put it in their article database. But even more so, he was interested in that an incident had occured at the company, which shall here remain nameless. Without my knowledge, he wrote a snippet about it on the newspapers newsticker.

The morning after he did so, I got a call from my girlfriend telling me that a certain company president was rather cross with me for letting something like that slipp to the press.

Now, it should be said that I was to an interview to this nameless company about three months ago. I havn't heard from them about a job since then. I'm now perfectly happy at my new job and I hold no disgrunted feelings towards them; quite the contrary actually since a number of my friends work there.

My journalist aquaintance published an updated version of the story where the president of the company was quoted denying that an incident had occured. At least that's what the untrained eye would see. Carefully examined, the quote never denies that something happened. It only denies that any valuable data was stolen, which I never claimed and which I feel that the company can not claim before having evaluated all evidence from the incident.

That would have been the end of it, unless he also went on to claim that, and I quote (translated to Swedish); "The Jonas Öberg, referred to in the article, is, as far as I understand, a technician who recently applied but didn't get, a job here."

That quote completely blew me away! It was so completely unrelated and the only intention he can have had with it is to defame me. He knows perfectly well who I am and how I came into possesion of the knowledge I have about the incident.

Welcome to the sandpit everyone, and enjoy the upcoming new year!

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