Sometimes It Just Doesn't Pay to be a Tester

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In summary, two penetration testers were jailed in Iowa after attempting to break into a county courthouse as part of a test ordered by state court officials. The county officials were not informed of the test and were caught off guard by the physical break-in. The testers remain in jail and state officials have issued an apology for the confusion. In a separate incident, a DACA flight attendant was initially denied reentry into the US after being sent on an international flight by her company, causing an outcry from politicians and supporters.
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LOL, oops!

They claimed to be conducting a penetration test to determine how vulnerable county court records were and to measure law enforcement's response to a break-in.

Unfortunately, the Iowa state court officials who ordered the test never told county officials about it—and no one evidently anticipated that a physical break-in would be part of the test. For now, the penetration testers remain in jail. In a statement issued yesterday, state officials apologized to Dallas County, citing confusion over just what Coalfire was going to test:
 
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Don’t be the caught holding the bag. It reminds a bit of the airline stewardess who was worried about flying from the US to Mexico because she was a DACA person. Her bosses said it wouldn’t be a problem for her since she was working. Well ICE wouldn’t let her reenter the US.

Finally an outcry from politicians and supporters allowed her back in the country. She was in immigration limbo and her company made the mistake of sending her on an international flight because they were short on Stewardesses.

Editted to remove the short people joke.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/flight-attendant-daca-gets-airline-s-ok-fly-mexico-then-n986351
 
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...her company made the mistake of sending her on an international flight because they were short people.
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Yes and oops another reason not to use a tablet for typing.
 
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On the other hand: If pen-testing goes right, you get stories like this:

 

1. What is "Sometimes It Just Doesn't Pay to be a Tester" about?

"Sometimes It Just Doesn't Pay to be a Tester" is an article about the challenges and difficulties of being a tester in the scientific community. It discusses the often underappreciated and undervalued role of testers in the research and development process.

2. Why is being a tester not always a rewarding job?

Being a tester can be an unrewarding job because it involves a lot of repetitive and tedious tasks, and the work often goes unnoticed or unappreciated by others. Testers are also under constant pressure to meet tight deadlines and produce accurate results, which can be stressful and overwhelming.

3. What are some common misconceptions about being a tester?

One common misconception about being a tester is that it is an easy job. In reality, it requires a lot of technical skills, critical thinking, and attention to detail. Another misconception is that testers simply follow instructions and do not contribute to the research process. In fact, testers play a crucial role in identifying and troubleshooting issues that could potentially impact the success of a project.

4. How can organizations better support their testers?

Organizations can support their testers by providing them with the necessary resources, such as proper training and equipment, to perform their jobs effectively. They should also recognize and appreciate the work of testers and involve them in decision-making processes. Additionally, offering competitive salaries and career advancement opportunities can also help retain skilled and dedicated testers.

5. What skills are essential for a successful career as a tester?

To be successful as a tester, one needs to have a strong understanding of scientific principles and methods, attention to detail, and excellent problem-solving and communication skills. It is also important to be adaptable, resourceful, and able to work under pressure, as the job can involve unexpected challenges and tight deadlines.

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