'Rogue' game server admins defend hosting on company gear

They say it's a perk and harmless ... as long as they're careful

Rogue IT gamer

Back in January, I wrote about a group of Scandinavian gamers who hijacked a New Hampshire medical center's server and bandwidth to host their "Call of Duty: Black Ops" sessions, which resulted in some 230,000 patients having their personal information put at risk. In getting reaction to that story, Stephen Heaslip of the gamer site Blues News told me that hackers are not the most likely individuals to use corporate servers for illicit gaming: Such appropriations are more often the work of IT administrators.

Heaslip was gracious enough to help me get in touch with a few of these rogue game server admins by posting a call to his readership.  Four volunteers raised their hands.

The result is a question-and-answer package that we've taken off Buzzblog and put into our news section today. You can find it here.

There's also a survey at that link if you want to register to register your opinion regarding the propriety of this practice.

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