Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, etc

In typical Security Thoughts style, here is an Information Security story that relates to the holidays.

It seems that, in Germany, a company sent a Stollen, which is a traditional German Christmas cake to a newspaper via a courier company. Two subcontractors decided that they wanted the cake so they took it and replaced it with another parcel.

This parcel just happened to be confidential data with banking transaction details and it managed to find its way to the newspaper in place of the cake. Obviously, the newspaper was happy with their Christmas present and printed the story. The bank was not so happy.

I think that the theme for 2009 will be "Third Party Security" but in the mean time I wish you all a pleasant holiday and please be responsible if you decide to have a drink or two.
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