Blame on ‘Looting’ at Capital Hill must squarely be shouldered by computer system weakness and by human element.
First of all, I blame computer system weakness if truly people tampered with it. A good and credible system can never be tampered with. Any attempt to tamper with it, the system automatically should reject.
Secondly, I blame people in IT department and those capturing data in the system.
In any new system, IT people are the first to be trained before the operators. Does it mean that at the time of installing the new system, the IT people didn’t check system weaknesses like deletion of data in case someone attempted to do so. It looks like someone in IT discovered the weakness of the system and secretly passed it on to some operators who later started to use it in the looting
On the same issue of human element, owners of the system, IT people or any senior person connected to the installation of the new system should have forewarned all those involved in the system about the immediate update of data and the ability to retrieve it in case of any possible damage as revealed on Offshore information
Greed is the last to take blame because if the problems I have highlighted above were noted, the looting using the system could have not been in the magnitude observed now. Let’s not forget that in every society, there are people with evil plans.
Custodians of passwords are IT people. It is either they revealed some bosses passwords to operators to use them for authorising payments in the system as part of syndicate or else the bosses themselves gave their own passwords due to over trust to their juniors to use them in their absence.
This can also be part of syndicate
Crooks only capitalise on system weakness, therefore, all necessary precautions must be taken first to seal the discovered computer system weakness before looking at human element, otherwise the abuse will resurface in future even if you change people around, thus both civil servants and politicians.
Lastly, I also blame slackness by bosses, those not directly involved in the looting but their departments are involved in the scandal for failing to monitor what is happening under their eye.