[LINK] Digital disaster as online security firm loses personal data in the mail

Rick Welykochy rick at vitendo.ca
Tue Jul 10 04:05:14 AEST 2012

Hello gentle linkers,

I am sure some of you are on the Stay Smart Online service. It turns out
they've blundered into a security problem of their own. A DVD containing
the subscriber list in plain text has been lost in the mail. Why they did
not request that the be encrypted before sending is beyond me. Or request
the DVD be sent by registered mail. Ironical!




   "A FEDERAL government contractor that was paid more than $1 million to deliver
    e-security alert services to Australians has lost 8000 subscribers' personal
    information in the postal system.

    AusCERT, which was paid $1,199,484.52 to run staysmartonline.gov.au between
    April 29, 2008 and April 29, 2012, lost subscribers' data after using Australia
    Post to send it on a DVD to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the
    Digital Economy (DBCDE) on April 11 when its contract to run the alerts service


Rick Welykochy || Vitendo Consulting

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