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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).

[snip]

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
employee.

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
network.

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

[snip]

More:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070921/ap_on_hi_te/file_sharing_leak

- - ferg
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