Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Justice Breyer Is Among Victims in Data Breach Caused by File Sharing

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer

Brian Krebs writes in The Washington Post:

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.

The breach was not discovered for nearly six months. A reader of washingtonpost.com's Security Fix blog found the information while searching LimeWire in June.

More here.


At Wed Jul 09, 06:51:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over a decade ago I counseled all businesses I consulted with to survey and remove all non-business music and filesharing systems (Napster being the dominant one at the time). I continue this posture and policy. This is not a popular move with employees as you can imagine - albeit a necessary one. Ignorance continues, and breaches mount. David Scott, author, "I.T. Wars: Managing the Business-Technology Weave in the New Millennium"


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