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    Today he’d be looking at years in prison for that kind of stunt with the company claiming “It cost us millions to repair the damage to our IT infrastructure”.

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      Given the average competence of today’s devs and the huge pile of bloat we’re routinely drowning in, I believe it actually could cost millions.

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        Remember that a million dollars a year gets you a small integer number of employees.

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          Not even a small integer. A 3 bit integer, and that’s probably even when signed.

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        That’s assuming he ever got caught; nowadays who’s going to manually inspect the symbol table to notice something like that?

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          We also work at much higher levels, you can build something much higher level, say in your Basel, that does the same thing but is visible to skilled engineers working today

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        Russ Cox made a comment to this effect once on Reddit.