Sunday, June 6, 2010

Response From Lockheed Martin

On May 23rd, I had written an article regarding a Lockheed Martin employee improperly using company software for a not-for-profit corporation that they were a board member of, and as I had reported, the not-for-profit's website changed shortly after I notified Lockheed. After a week of contacting Lockheed, Warren Wright, the media contact for the Simulation and Training business unit responsible for the software in question contacted myself with the following message:
I received your email and we are looking into the circumstances surrounding your allegations. Lockheed Martin will respond to you once we have completed our review.
I had not heard back until June 2nd, with the following message:
This responds to your messages of May 14, 2010 and May 21, 2010. Until receiving your messages, Lockheed Martin was unaware that software licensed to it was being used for non-Lockheed Martin purposes. Accordingly, Lockheed Martin directed that such use be discontinued, which was promptly followed on May 21, 2010.

Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.
While it is nice to know that Lockheed actually acted instead of blowing this off, there was something that I am still troubled by. The actions were caused by a Lockheed employee with Lockheed software, and Lockheed took actions to take the software down from the not-for-profit's servers, but that does not change the damage that has already been done from years of use by the company.

The homeowners of Sand Lake Hills are grateful that Lockheed acted on this tip and moved to remove the software used to collect proxy votes from the Sand Lake Hills website, but what are they to do now? The association had already used past collected votes to attack property rights in the Orlando neighborhood, placing these homeowners in this uncomfortable situation...

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