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Today's all-too-believable tale comes courtesy of "Nell", who was working as a network engineer in South Africa for a multinational computer company back in the 1990s.
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Nell and her team received a call to receive the mother of all bollockings. Somebody had gained unauthorised access to the computer room. Worse, that someone was an auditor.
The dedicated team of IT professionals soon pieced together what had happened, as Nell explained: "The company insisted that our IT systems were audited to their required standards so sent two of their people from Europe. One of the areas audited was physical security of the computer room."
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Recalling the glory days of mainframes, Nell's computer room was vast and occupied most of the top floor of the building. The auditors were keen to take a look, but found their key cards didn't open the door.
With the security guards watching on the monitors from the ground floor, the duo remained undeterred. They then, as Nell explained, "tried pushing the door and found a slight give".
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