Thursday, July 10, 2008

Data Breach Caused by File Sharing

Thanks to Michael Geist for the pointer to this story from the Washington Post: Justice Breyer Is Among Victims in Data Breach Caused by File Sharing

"Sometime late last year, an employee of a McLean investment firm decided to trade some music, or maybe a movie, with like-minded users of the online file-sharing network LimeWire while using a company computer. In doing so, he inadvertently opened the private files of his firm, Wagner Resource Group, to the public.

That exposed the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of about 2,000 of the firm's clients, including a number of high-powered lawyers and Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer."

And this: Dutch chipmaker sues to silence security researchers

"Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors has sued a university in The Netherlands to block publication of research that details security flaws in NXP's Mifare Classic wireless smart cards, which are used in transit and building entry systems around the world."

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