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A bulk e-mailer who looted more than a billion records with personal information from a data warehouse has been sentenced to eight years in prison, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Eight Years for Data Thief [news.com.com]
[edited by: trillianjedi at 4:23 pm (utc) on Feb. 23, 2006]
[edit reason] Fixed spelling [/edit]
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This is not the first prosecution to arise out of poor security practices on Acxiom's file transfer protocol server (FTP).
I have no love for spam, but the spam was a side issue here. Is anyone holding Acxiom accountable for poor practices? I'm no security expert, but it seems that Acxiom has some liability / accountability here too. Anyone know if that has been pursued?
Axciom "says it operates the world's largest repository of consumer data, and counts major banks, credit card companies and the U.S. government among its customers."
The amount of data collection happening out there already makes me feel vulnerable to who knows what.
Let's hope who gets the message? Spammers? Hackers?
I wish it was a pure case of e-mail spammer being sent to jail, but this sounds more like a hacking case. When's the last time you were hacked versus being spammed?
No more than I hold my neighbors accountable for their house being broken into and their widescreen TV stolen.
Yeah... but if you are paying your neighbor to hold your sensitive data and they don't take appropriate measures to protect that data, then it's a different issue. Someone is paying that neighbor (Acxiom) to hold the data.
...Unless they collect it on their own and then sell it, but I'm not really sure which is which. Even so... if your enighbor is collecting data on you and then gives it to someone who uses it to harm you, would there be some type of issue in that case?
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Try to look at the big picture--if the execs or employees were prosecuted, everyone would be discouraged from pursuing such a business. And what's more, the big guys would be penalized for being big and taking punches--even if they do a good job overall warding such attempts.
I guess I see a different picture. I seriously doubt that " .. everyone would be discouraged from pursuing such a business." I believe some folks would come along and build a better (safer) mousetrap .. so to speak.
"And what's more, the big guys would be penalized for being big and taking punches-"
Eh? They have stepped up and admitted they were to blame. I doubt very seriously if the big guys are "being big". Prosecution would be " .. punches .." and I doubt seriously if it would be voluntary.
"-even if they do a good job overall warding such attempts."
"Good job overall .."
How much data loss is too much? How many billion records were stolen? How much/has any data has been stolen that has not been disclosed/discovered?
"No more than I hold my neighbors accountable for their house being broken into and their widescreen TV stolen.'
Incredibill, I *tend* to agree, but the analogy you used is not so good.
It would be more like if Brett asked me to keep the take from Pubcon in my safe for awhile, but I left the key to my house under the mat and the combination to my safe on a post-it on my monitor.
Do I bear some responsibility? Yes .. especially if Brett or any of the moderators can catch me before I make it across the border!
"If society didn't have lazy scum we wouldn't need locks."
Agree .. 110%