[ Wednesday, July 09, 2008 ]
Latest Data Breach, with an interesting twist:
Peer-to-peer or filesharing arrangements allow people to share music, movies, and other items downloaded to their computers. But they can also be used to by a hacker to sniff around in other parts of the participant's computer, which is exactly what lead to the latest data breach
to hit the news. An investment firm employee file-shared on LimeWire, and as a result lots of personal information about the firm's clients (who include some pretty high-profile people, such as Supreme Court Justice Stephen Bryer) was exposed to the public.
Two easy lessons: (i) don't file-share on a computer that has other personal information on it, or at least be very careful about how you do it; and (ii) if you operate a business that has/stores/uses personal information, prevent file-sharing on company computers entirely.
Jeff [10:15 AM]
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