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IT Security Guy Connected to Leaking, Spying Activities? Take a Pass

Caught up in the high profile case of Anthony Pellicano -- the detective on trial for racketeering and wiretapping in a case that involves lots of big names in Hollywood -- is the manager of IT security for Conde Nast publications. How exactly did that guy get his job?

Caught up in the high profile case of Anthony Pellicano -- the detective on trial for racketeering and wiretapping in a case that involves lots of big names in Hollywood -- is the manager of IT security for Conde Nast publications. How exactly did that guy get his job?The Pellicano case involves a private detective who prosecutors accuse of wiretapping and threatening enemies of the rich and famous. Testifying for the prosecution is Wayne Reynolds, a former employee of Pellicano, who currently works at Conde Nast as its manager of IT security.

That's a nice job to have but someone at Conde Nast didn't do much background checking. On the stand, Reynolds made all sorts of confessions. Allyson Hope Weiner, in the Huffington Post, writes that Reynolds "articulately testified about seeing Mr. Pellicano put wiretapping equipment in the trunk of the detective's car. He also recalled overhearing conversations between Mr. Pellicano and former phone company employee, Ray Turner, where Mr. Pellicano spoke in a sort of code. Mr. Reynolds testified that he heard Mr. Pellicano call Mr. Turner and tell him, "that girl you have up, take her down." And on another occasion, Mr. Reynolds also heard Mr. Pellicano talking to Mr. Turner, inquiring "how's our girlfriend doing?" Mr. Reynolds told the jury that he understood that Mr. Pellicano was "talking about wiretapping."

According to the New York Times, "Reynolds was first questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the Los Angeles offices of Cond Nast early in 2003."

Writer David Carr asks a kind of obvious question: "Now, Mr. Reynolds may be a whiz with technology -- he testified with a great deal of specificity about the black boxes used to record intercepted calls -- but his testimony raised a troubling question: why would Cond Nast hire him?"

Granted maybe when Reynolds was hired no one at Conde Nast -- a huge organization -- could have known the nature of Reynolds work for Pellicano. But they know now.

On Gawker, Ryan Tate asks the second most obvious question: "The guy who runs tech security for Cond Nast has admitted lying to the FBI and lending his services to private detective Anthony Pellicano even though he knew Pellicano was tapping people's phones. He's also been accused, in the course of Pellicano's racketeering and wiretap trial, of leaking a pre-publication copy of Vanity Fair that Pellicano mysteriously obtained, and of bragging about bugging the office of his Cond Nast supervisor. So why does he still have a job?"

Maybe the answer is that in a large, bloated organization like Conde Nast these kind of things can't be dealt with quickly or neatly. In a smaller business, transparency is easier to attain and a smaller organization has the flexibility and nimbleness to make quick decisions.

But the lessons here go beyond the need to move decisively in hiring and firing. If Reynolds could do that stuff in a huge company like Conde Nast, imagine the damage your IT guy could do in your smaller business -- where there aren't the same resources to weather a disaster. Put the time and effort into checking your IT guys out. Each one could mean the difference between life and death for your company.

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BrianParis,
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1/25/2014 | 3:52:21 AM
Obviously didn't check his references
Had they checked Waynes references, they would have found that he had recently been fired from the Ventura County Sheriffs department for posting racists comments on the deptartments website. Conde Nast found him at Aquent Partners then hired him on permanently. Wayne was even a Pellicano client at one point as he describes to a buddy how he's hired his OLD BOSS to try to scare Tracy. That's was his wife at the time Tracy Martin.

 

-----Original Message-----

> From: W. Reynolds [mailto:WDR1775@earthlink.net]

> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2001 9:44 PM

> To: rrutter@vcsar.org

> Subject: Re: Boots

>

>

> Dude! I totally forgot that you e-mailed me about them! Sorry!

>

> Things suck...Tracy is now saying that I am lying about the house just to

> try and get more.

>

> I got my old boss involved, that will freak her out.

>

> I don't feel confortable going over there because of that a$$hole probably

  • being there. You wanna meet up tomorrow night somewhere?

 

 

 

 

old boss involved

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