As part of a university project simulating an identity theft ring, elite teams of hackers (good guys) harvested millions of names, birth dates and social security numbers in less than an hour using Google. It turns out that the powerful search engine can ferret out all kids of sensitive information never meant to be made public.
The right keywords and search terms can even find information deleted from corporate or government Web sites but temporarily cached in Google's massive warehouse of data. The cybercops were quick to point out that the problem isn't with Google, but rather with the corporatations. "If they're performing proper security, then their intranet shouldn't be vulnerable."
NetLingo Classification: Net Technology
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