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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Oracle, SAP & Cybercrime

Just landed in Singapore and noticed that the Oracle –SAP imbroglio has taken a decisive turn. SAP admits that TN made some inappropriate downloads but claims that SAP never benefited from that. By clearly delinking TomorrowNow from that of SAP, it has created speculations about the future role of TommorowNow. The original complaint by Oracle went on to say,” SAP employees used the log-in IDs of multiple customers, combined with phony user log-in information, to gain access to Oracle’s system under false pretexts. Employing these techniques, SAP users effectively swept much of the contents of Oracle’s system onto SAP’s servers”. The charges appear pretty serious indeed. SAP’s response makes interesting reading. Oracle now
says that with SAP’s admission of inappropriateness, proved its case. Eric Goldman points to potential ramifications of this. I am not too sure of the nature of downloads and the possible usage of those. While I do not justify any illegal or unethical activity, somehow I feel that no materially significant advantage could have been accrued on account of TN’s downloads. Hopefully this does not get any more ugly.

Update : Read Larry Dignan's interesting perspective on this.

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