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Just in from one of my colleagues, something that should wake up any lethargic manager or business owner who tends to be unresponsive to security treats – the threat of losing everything, including personal reputation, family trust, friends, and their retirement fund.  This seems like an easy attack…

– Malware was used to infect Micheal Fiola’s computer (a former investigator with the Massachusetts agency that oversees workers’ compensation).

– This malware used Fiola’s computer as a storage repository for child pornography – this is one of the fastest growing businesses on the Internet today.

– We don’t know  the perpetrator, but we do know that Michael was initially charged, lost everything, spent a fortune, and has not recovered.

Business owners need to understand how easy it is to do this kind of thing and how likely it is they’d be held liable.  It would be difficult to prove the pictures didn’t belong to the PC owner – after all, anyone charged would quickly say, “They’re not mine”!  More details in the Baltimore Sun – follow the link.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bal-virus-child-porn-1109,0,403878,print.story

 

This comes from a recent news bulletin published by Heit – a solution provider in Colorado, thanks Tom!  Listen to what’s happening.  There’s a trend here that may change the kind of liability business owners have when it comes to their customer’s data.  One that demands some attention from the top.

“A couple whose bank account was breached can sue their bank for its alleged failure to implement the latest security measures designed to prevent such compromises. In a ruling issued last month, Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, of the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, denied a request by Citizens Financial Bank to dismiss a negligence claim brought against it by Marsha and Michael Shames-Yeakel. The Crown Point, Ind. couple — customers of the bank — alleged that Citizens’ failure to implement up-to-date user authentication measures resulted in the theft of more than $26,000 from their home equity line of credit.”  To read more, here is one of several articles online.  While IT people generally don’t have any liabilty, the business owners and executive managers do.  Once again, it is critical that you find the asset owners if you want to create new business opportunity.

 http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9137451/Court_allows_suit_against_bank_for_lax_security