Citigroup leaks customer data through P2P file sharing

Dow Jones Newswire reported on Friday, September 21st, that "The names, Social Security numbers and mortgage information of thousands of people have been leaked by an employee of Citigroup Inc.'s (C) ABN Amro Mortgage Group unit onto a popular peer-to-peer file-sharing network. The leak made the information available to millions of casual music-sharers, as well as would-be identity thieves." The said P2P network is Lime Wire software, which permits sharing of music, movies, and other files over its networks.

The data in question apparently leaked through the home computer of a Citi employee (one news story says it is a "former employee" ).  This again highlights the challenges that organizations face in trying to exert content control when their systems and networks are increasingly decentralized and de-perimeterized.

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