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Subject: [IP] more on Pod Slurping Dangerous To Enterprises

  • From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
  • To: Ip ip <ip@v2.listbox.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 18:55:32 -0400

Reporters are either getting sloppy or despirite for news they are allowed to print djf


Begin forwarded message:

From: Bob Frankston <Bob2-19-0501@bobf.frankston.com>
Date: June 22, 2005 12:01:03 PM EDT
To: dave@farber.net, 'Ip ip' <ip@v2.listbox.com>
Subject: RE: [IP] Pod Slurping Dangerous To Enterprises


This is silly -- it's so much easier to carry a small USB storage device and
type &quot;xcopy&quot; or drag/drop folders than to use a big iPod.


This seems to be more about the tendency to ascribe quotes to famous people
rather than those who actually said them.


The ubiquitous USB devices are too boring to write about the iPod is magic.

Were there articles warning about the dangers of the new 5 1/4 floppy that
could be hidden in a coat pocket 25 years ago?


A 3.5&quot; DVD can hold a few gigabytes and can come preloaded with DVD writing
software that auto-runs and slurps.


Of course there was also the Furby that had no ability to record but people
accepted the illusion that it could so banned it.


Next you'll be reading about why cell phones should be banned because they
introduce the new concept of people talking too loudly.


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Subject: [IP] Pod Slurping Dangerous To Enterprises




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From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com>
Date: June 20, 2005 12:38:55 AM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipient:;
Subject: Pod Slurping Dangerous To Enterprises



Pod Slurping Dangerous To Enterprises

By TechWeb News
June 17, 2005 (3:43 PM EDT)

Nearly a year ago, an analyst from Gartner recommended that
enterprises should think about banning Apple's iPods -- and similar
small-sized portable storage devices -- for fear of data walking out
the door.

Now, with data being lost in more ways than once thought possible --
backup tapes lost by UPS, Social Security numbers sold to criminals,
and hackers breaking in to networks remotely -- a researcher has
demonstrated just how easy it is to walk off with megabytes of
sensitive material when armed with only the ubiquitous iPod and
simple software.

With more than 30 million iPods in circulation and models packing as
much as 30GB of storage space, the gizmo makes a perfect tool for
data theft, wrote computer security expert Abe Usher in his blog.

Dubbing the practice &quot;pod slurping,&quot; Usher created a proof-of-concept
application that runs from an iPod that, when the device is connected
to a PC, will sniff through a PC's hard drive to find and copy all
the Microsoft Office documents it finds.

...

http://www.techweb.com/wire/security/164900847




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