Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Thursday January 19, 2017

College Says Former Admin Demanded $200,000 To Reset School Password

The American College of Education forced its IT staff to either relocate or resign last year, and one disgruntled employee responded by changing the login and password information for a Google account, which effectively prevented any students from accessing their work. When school officials called the ex-employee up, his attorney told them his client wanted a reference letter and a small payment to clear things up.

Indianapolis-based American College of Education fired its information technology employee last year, according to court documents, but not before an administrative password was changed. The online college then asked the man to unlock the Google account that stored email and course material for 2,000 students, according to a lawsuit filed by the college. The man said he'd be willing to help آ— if the college paid him $200,000. Welcome to the new frontier of tech concerns in a business world that has come to depend on the cloud.