The Federal Trade Commission notified 100 unnamed companies and agencies that their employees appear to be regulalry leaking sensitive customer and employee data on peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing sites. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz warned, “Companies and institutions of all sizes are vulnerable to serious P2P-related breaches, placing consumers’ sensitive information at risk.” Sensitive information often ends up on P2P sites when a worker take company files home and loads them on his or her personal PCs. With these files now located on the PC’s hardrive, they are subsequently accesible to all users of the P2Pnetwork asif they were media files.
During its investigation, the FTC “easily found health-related information, financial records, drivers’ license, and social security numbers accessible on P2P networks,” a post onUSA Today’s Technology LIve blogstated. “It sounds preposterous, but sensitive information leaking out unintentionally like this is amazingly common,” Eric Johnson, director of digital strategies at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, said in the piece.
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