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”.
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.
Remember that a million dollars a year gets you a small integer number of employees.
Not even a small integer. A 3 bit integer, and that’s probably even when signed.
That’s assuming he ever got caught; nowadays who’s going to manually inspect the symbol table to notice something like that?
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
Russ Cox made a comment to this effect once on Reddit.