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[Dataloss] Mortgage Data Leaked Over P2P File Network

From: lyger (lygerattrition.org)
Date: Fri Sep 21 2007 - 19:12:18 CDT

(courtesy Fergie's Tech Blog: http://fergdawg.blogspot.com/)

Via Yahoo! News (AP).


Three spreadsheets containing more than 5,000 Social Security numbers and
other personal details about customers of ABN Amro Mortgage Group were
inadvertently leaked over an online file-sharing network by a former

Tiversa Inc., a Pittsburgh company that offers data-leakage protection
services, traced the origins of the ABN data to a Florida computer with the
BearShare software installed.

BearShare, LimeWire and scores of other programs are designed to distribute
and find songs, movies and other files over the Gnutella file-sharing

Tiversa Chief Executive Robert Boback said file-sharing programs are
commonly misconfigured to share documents their owners never intended to
make public.



- - ferg
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