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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > FTC Warnings About Data Leaks Through P2P

FTC Warnings About Data Leaks Through P2P

FTC Warnings About Data Leaks Through P2P

Added: Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Canada, utorrent, bitcomet, Windows, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com, spybot.akb, worm
The Federal Trade Commission has sent the letters to about 100 companies, where it warned them that sensitive information about their customers and employees had leaked to outside world through P2P networks.


The letters from FTC were sent to both private and public groups that include local governments and schools, and different in size – from companies with only eight employees to large corporations employing thousands people.

Jon Leibowitz, the FTC Chairman, said in his statement that all-size institutions and companies are vulnerable to serious P2P-related violations, jeopardizing sensitive information about the consumers. For instance, they found financial records, social security numbers, health-related data and drivers’ license – information leading to identity theft. He also suggested companies to take a better look at their systems and to make sure their authorized P2P file-sharing programs are secure and properly configured and there are no unauthorized ones. Companies distributing such programs should also make sure their software design can’t contribute to unwitting file sharing.

FTC is trying to enforce laws that require companies to take appropriate and reasonable security measures for protecting personal information from being shared on P2P networks, pointing out that the failure of doing so may be considered as violation of the law.

Recording Industry Association and Motion Picture Association of America were quick to comment this news.

RIAA’s statement says it’s all a common thing. Government systems, corporations and numerous private citizens are put at risk by companies designing peer-to-peer product, though they know about this unacceptable risk brought by files exchanging on open software programs.

It’s hard to agree with RIAA, taking advantage of a situation and twisting it to serve its own ends, because the real problem is not the companies designing the programs, but the individual users, unable to configure a P2P program properly and not supposed to use it at work.

Thanks god, MPAA says the same in response. Daniel Mandil, its Chief Content Protection Officer, welcomed the efforts of FTC to bring up the issue of risks, as the danger is real for business as well as for home P2P networks users.

February 25th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-02-25 12:28:00)
Stayingtrue avatarThanks for thearticle nice read.

posted by (2010-02-25 16:07:47)
jason9ine avatarWell they should take more appropriate and better security measures. It's their ass on the line. :D

Good read as always SaM. Thanks. :)

posted by (2010-02-25 20:24:23)
xxVOIDxSURFERxx avatarYou would think if you own a huge company or if your a government agency you would have better security on all you systems. Way more info is stolen or sold by means outside of any P2P program, but it makes the easy target for blame and why work hard if dont have too. Info was being stolen and traded way before the internet was even invented/created, but now it is here to stay and they just need to beef up their security measures. I for one would not even allow internet connection in any office I owned unless it was thru a secure line and monitored...you have no privacy on a company pc..it is not your equipment or your time.

posted by (2010-03-02 03:45:42)
cyberartist avatarThanks SaM - a great read.

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