In pictures: Revenge is a dish best served electronically - 12 cautionary tales

These scorned IT staffers had their vengeance on their former employers -- but most got their comeuppance in the end

Donald Burleson: Viral pioneer Donald Burlson concocted his computer revenge plot way back in 1985, so early in the computer era that when his conviction made the New York Times, they put the word "virus" in quote marks in the headline. Burlson's crime -- build malicious code, set it to go off after you're fired, claim that someone else did it with your login credentials later -- became the template for a generation of disgruntled IT staffers. Burlson's bug trashed 160,000 payroll records and delayed paychecks for a month, and he was convicted of criminal charges and forced to pay $12,000 in a separate civil suit.

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