There is a common misconception that vendors conduct a background
check on the people that they honor with accolades such as the
Microsoft MVP, Oracle ACE, and Oracle Certified Master awards.
In reality, Oracle
ACEs, and Oracle professionals must remember that a vendor accolade
is not intended to be a sign of trustworthiness.
- In 2004 the Oracle community was robbed by
fake Oracle expert Ed Haskins, posing as the fictional
Oracle guru Robert Allan. His scam defrauded the Oracle
community out of tens of thousands of dollars.
- In 2006, Oracle ACE Lutz Hartmann was a
victim of a Microsoft MVP named Stephen Wynkoop, and he published his outrage that
having his work used in a profit-making scheme.
- In 2006, Oracle ACE Director Dr. Tim Hall was robbed
by Ankit Patel, a fake Oracle expert who
stole his entire web site, changing only the the name from
Dr. Tim Hall to Dr. Ankit Patel.
- In 2009, Flavia D'Souza
plagiarized content from Donald K. Burleson and falsely
copyrighted it as her original work, publishing it in a book
with Lulu publishing.
- Now in 2010, a host of Oracle experts have accused OCM
Guenadi N Jilevski of rampant plagiarism and content theft.
While content theft is not a crime, some
Oracle consumer fraud is criminal like the phony Oracle expert
Robert Allan. An eWeek investigation revealed that Robert Allen was
a ruse masterminded by a failed Oracle DBA named Ed Haskins who used
this alias to troll
for his victims.
In this Internet age you cannot trust self-appointed
Oracle experts, and I
recommend these techniques
separate real experts from posers.
In a nutshell, real Oracle experts are proud of their credentials
and work experience while posers will hide their resumes, claiming
that they are not relevant. On the surface, Oracle posers
look legitimate, and some even use their real name, but hide
their resumes to evade being caught.
Oracle Security Expert
My name is Robert Allen,
and I’m the Founder of OraSecure, Inc. With over 9
years of trial and error from painstaking research, I’m now
acknowledged as a promising top expert in the field of
Oracle database security.
For the past 7 years, I've consulted dozens of Fortune 1000
companies on all areas of Oracle Database Administration.
The areas I've focused my most attention to are Oracle
Security Features and Security Audits.
I've personally audited over 400 Oracle
instances over the years, as well as taught and mentored
more than 80 DBAs to do the same.
The latest incident of alleged content theft
Oracle bloggers Timur Akhmadeev, Charles Hooper, Dom Brooks, and
Alex Gorbachev have accused
Guenadi N Jilevski of stealing
Oracle Copyrighted content off of the Internet and re-publishing it
as his own original work.
Dr. Jilevski is accused of stealing from many notable
Oracle authors. Oracle expert Dom Brooks notes:
“Looks like most of his content is nicked.
quick scan & most of the stuff is apparently duplicated from
elsewhere – several Burleson articles, some from Tim Hall, Arup
Nanda, etc. Although occasionally, a word here and there has been
Alex Gorbachev notes that sealing from others is very unethical:
“This is plagiarism when it’s re-posted without
author’s consent and link to the source. . . From my
perspective, you have fundamental misunderstanding of not only
copyright law as Charles mentioned but, more important, professional
Dr. Jilevski denies any wrongdoing and he evidently believes that
changing a word here and there makes it unique and allows him to
steal from others. He vehemently denies any copyright
“That is a serious unsubstantiated accusation. I
find this extremely very much intended to undermine my reputation.”
believes that it’s the copyright owner's responsibility to contact him
after they find out that their work has been stolen!
“If anyone has a dispute that contests the nature
of my posts and believes it to infringe on copyright law, please
email me at your convenience. Otherwise, I will assume by your tacit
acquiescence that I am not in violation of copyright laws.”
Based on these accusations, it appears that Mr. Jilevski is
plagiarizing other people's hard
work and claiming it as his own.
11g Real Application Clusters Handbook is now being reviewed for
content theft, and if it is found to contain stolen material the
rightful authors may demand that their work be pulled from the
Fake Oracle Experts: Incompetent or
Plagiarism is rampant in the Oracle community, especially among
people who do not understand the concept of
private ownership of intellectual property.
Sometimes fake Oracle experts are so incompetent that they
do not know that it’s wrong to steal, and commit outright
plagiarism, willfully stealing the work of another and marking it as
their own work.
This is especially true for
foreign Oracle posers, some of whom don’t even bother to scan the
text to remove my name from their stolen material!
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