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Japan police gives away private information

by Nikola Strahija on March 7th, 2006 Information about 1,500 individuals, involved in police investigations, has seemed to leak from a police computer.


According to Japanese press, the information leak was due to a virus infection, an Okayama Police investigator has caught on his private computer. The reports state that the information was than distributed through Winny peer-to-peer file-sharing system, which is widely used across Japan.

Security experts presume that the incident occurred the police inspector stored sensitive investigation data on his home computer. The exposed data included the names of sex crime victims.

-It's bad enough when an individual has data stolen from them by a virus, but a police force being the victim is a real cause for concern. This incident acts as a timely reminder that all organizations need to take computer security seriously. If you allow your employees to put sensitive company data onto their own home computers, you are running the risk that they will not be as well defended as the PCs within your business, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said.


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