Lost Data Threatens Security
Do you have a corporate strategy for data integrity?
Dec. 13, 2005: Vol. 1, Issue No. 55
IN THE NEWS
FBI's customer-data use backed
The Justice Dept. defended the tactic, used in spy and terror cases, which compels firms to comply.
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department issued a broad defense yesterday of an investigative tool the FBI uses to compel businesses to turn over customer information without a court order or grand jury subpoena.
--Mark Sherman, Associated Press, Nov. 30, 2005
Handing over confidential customer data to the FBI is the equivalent of giving the keys of a B-1B Stealth Bomber to a student pilot.
If the FBI has your private corporate data, chances are good that it will be lost or stolen and your customers, employees, prospects and vendors could well be victims of identity theft, extortion and ruined credit.
WASHINGTON--The FBI said today that electronic vandals shut down its Web site for hours last week in the same type of attack that disrupted some of the Internet's major commercial sites. The bureau's Web site remained inaccessible for more than three hours Feb. 18 because vandals overwhelmed it by transmitting spurious signals.
Ashen-faced FBI officials have been forced to admit 184 computers are unaccounted for and that three of these machines are believed have sensitive material on their hard disks, and one is known to hold classified data.
--The Register, UK
Following the 9/11 attacks, it was discovered that the FBI had no centralized computer system that enabled agents around the world to access research and case information.
Since 1985, FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was a mole inside the FBI, accused of spying for the former Soviet Union and then for Russia in exchange for cash and diamonds ... The 58-year-old Hanssen was sentenced to life in prison without parole on May 10, 2002. The case has led to new security procedures at the FBI, which was harshly criticized after Hanssen's actions were discovered.