Aol and dataLocked
I was reading some online magazines about AOL and how they are going the way of Google and Yahoo. And I found this out about AOL; they have released data on how the users they have, have searched. And I was amazed because AOL had always said they would never release any information or any thing about users to any one. Before I started really thinking about this, I thought this is just like the laptops and computers that were stolen.
No security, no encryption no one to watch what is going on in the network.
It seems that some one at AOL let 650,000 users search data out on a website but they removed it after they realized their mistake. But it was too late. It has been mirrored on many sites. Two of them lead you to the mirrored sites where you can down load the data base, it is over 400 Meg.
Here is a quote from PCMAG,
(AOL?s Duh-oh! Moment
When AOL originally posted the data, it did remove the names of the 650,000 users, but based on the information that is in there, do you really think anyone needs a name? According to one account, a reporter was able to use the data for one of these “anonymous” search lists to figure out who was doing the searching. How is that possible? Simple triangulation of data should do the trick, making it possible to get the user’s name, home address, phone, and place of work. )
Allot of people do not use AOL any more or if they did it was a while back but this data goes back years and could lead to ID theft.
I down loaded the data base, not that I have anything to worry about! I never look for bad things or inappropriate things, not me I am a pillar of my community!
To me this is like the fool who leaves the laptop on the seat of their car or the person who copies a data base so they can work from home. These people get fired, reprimanded or never work in the IT field again.
This is just another data loss in the big picture at it dose not seem to be slowing down.
So what do you think?