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(Reuters)   Coca Cola, eager to cash in on public scrutiny over lost personal information, coughs up records including social security numbers on 74,000 current and former employees. Kicker:: the data was NOT encrypted   (in.reuters.com) divider line 34
    More: Asinine, personal information, Coca-Cola, Wall Street Journal, laptop theft  
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2014-01-25 11:52:37 AM
To me, the obvious question has always been, "why was all this stored on a laptop?"
 
2014-01-25 11:53:34 AM
Coke really blew it.
 
2014-01-25 11:54:25 AM

Minimum: To me, the obvious question has always been, "why was all this stored on a laptop?"


Because some mid-level executive with too much time on his hands decided to 'experiment' with 'data-mining', since the IT and HR people won't let him use the internal systems to mess with his pet project.
 
2014-01-25 11:55:39 AM
I work for a large competitor of theirs.

Years ago our company misplaced a flash drive with all that private data

Free year of credit monitoring, ala Target
 
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2014-01-25 11:59:43 AM

Minimum: To me, the obvious question has always been, "why was all this stored on a laptop?"


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"...I don't even have to come in; I can do this job from home...."
 
2014-01-25 12:03:48 PM
Aside from encrypting your drive, if you work remote you can always RDP into a workstation that contains the data so that it never resides on the laptop. But that's too obvious...
 
2014-01-25 12:04:59 PM
Undoubtedly a senior person wanted work done and didn't want to be bothered with all that "security crap" that only matters to the IT staff.
 
2014-01-25 12:06:20 PM
At least the laptop didn't have this data AND child porn... Right?
 
2014-01-25 12:06:57 PM
***-**-****
Wow! Thanks Fark filters for fixing my ssn!
 
2014-01-25 12:07:15 PM
You always blow coke.

walktoanarcade: Coke really blew it.


/unless your a junkie
 
2014-01-25 12:15:22 PM

zulius: ***-**-****
Wow! Thanks Fark filters for fixing my ssn!


Does that really work? 867-55-5309

Wow!
 
2014-01-25 12:15:34 PM
So... since it is obvious that personal data in the hands of corporations and governments will never be safe from malicious outsiders or well meaning insiders, rather than trying to protect this data, how do we make this data worthless to third parties?
If there is no motivation to utilize stolen information no one will try to steal it and if it is misplaced no one will care. But what needs to change to make this information undesirable?
 
2014-01-25 12:16:09 PM
Frankly, I'm rather surprised that my SSN returns no links back to me on a quick web search.  I just kind of assume that it's already out there for anyone that wants it.
 
2014-01-25 12:21:04 PM
I have for for a few large data mining companies. You'd be surprised at how much data isn't encrypted.
 
2014-01-25 12:21:45 PM

Ravage: So... since it is obvious that personal data in the hands of corporations and governments will never be safe from malicious outsiders or well meaning insiders, rather than trying to protect this data, how do we make this data worthless to third parties?
If there is no motivation to utilize stolen information no one will try to steal it and if it is misplaced no one will care. But what needs to change to make this information undesirable?


Well, we could revert our economy to trading bags of corn and live chickens with each other, but that's not particularly appealing to me.
 
2014-01-25 12:25:05 PM

Galius_Persnickety: zulius: ***-**-****
Wow! Thanks Fark filters for fixing my ssn!

Does that really work? 867-55-5309

Wow!


hunter2
 
2014-01-25 12:25:29 PM

Galius_Persnickety: Aside from encrypting your drive, if you work remote you can always RDP into a workstation that contains the data so that it never resides on the laptop. But that's too obvious...


It's also stupid.

Data belongs on servers, not workstations.
 
2014-01-25 12:33:11 PM
Hell, you can't even insert a USB stick into my work laptop without it getting encrypted.
 
2014-01-25 12:37:15 PM
Wow.  That's pants-on-head retarded.

ko_kyi: Undoubtedly a senior person wanted work done and didn't want to be bothered with all that "security crap" that only matters to the IT staff.


That's because of shiat goes wrong, IT can come in with their magic wand and fix anything in the blink of an eye.  Computers are nothing all but boxes filled with magic and rainbows, after all.
 
2014-01-25 12:39:51 PM

xanadian: Wow.  That's pants-on-head retarded.

ko_kyi: Undoubtedly a senior person wanted work done and didn't want to be bothered with all that "security crap" that only matters to the IT staff.

That's because of shiat goes wrong, IT can come in with their magic wand and fix anything in the blink of an eye.  Computers are nothing all but boxes filled with magic and

rainbows, after all.

PCBs sometimes have the rainbow effect if you tilt them just right at a light source, so there's that.
 
2014-01-25 12:55:54 PM
All of this is going to continue until executives do five-to-seven years.
 
2014-01-25 01:24:52 PM
Meh, no one rich will be harmed by this.
 
2014-01-25 01:29:19 PM

KidneyStone: Galius_Persnickety: Aside from encrypting your drive, if you work remote you can always RDP into a workstation that contains the data so that it never resides on the laptop. But that's too obvious...

It's also stupid.

Data belongs on servers, not workstations.


Qlikview and Excel BI Tools would like a word with you.
 
2014-01-25 03:28:16 PM
Why do they have credit card info?
 
2014-01-25 03:53:17 PM

saturn badger: Why do they have credit card info?


Corporate-sponsored cards.
Travel reimbursements.
 
2014-01-25 04:58:01 PM

Galius_Persnickety: Aside from encrypting your drive, if you work remote you can always RDP into a workstation that contains the data so that it never resides on the laptop. But that's too obvious...


One word:  Citrix.
 
2014-01-25 06:54:47 PM
`Got a SodaStream and an adapter to use standard CO2 bottles ($4 to refill as opposed to $15 for SodaStream's own). `Found various sources for syrups (as well as making my own soda flavors) and I'm now enjoying fresh cola with as much or as little fizz and syrup as I want. I was skeptical when I first saw these things, but I have to say, I'm pleased with it.

When I get a house, I'll be doing a modification to enable me to use a larger, under-the-counter CO2 canister-and-hose system with my SodaStream. It should last at least several months per fill-up. I'd do it in my apartment, but I think they'd be pissed if I drilled a hole in the counter top.

Off the counter, SodaStream's not a great bargain (though it IS a good way to cut HFCS and sucralose out of your diet if you're a soda fan), but once modified, it's a heck of a deal. Coke would be wise to market their syrup (especially their Mexican variant, with cane sugar) in small bottles for use with home carbonation systems.
 
2014-01-25 06:56:36 PM
Ahem.

I meant OVER the counter.
That is, the stock design and refill system as they designed it are meant to maximize SodaStream's profits. They charge a bit much for their CO2. But altering the system is pretty damned easy.
 
2014-01-25 08:53:58 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: Hell, you can't even insert a USB stick into my work laptop without it getting encrypted.


The SD card in my blackberry was encrypted against its will two weeks ago.

Now I can't print pictures of my kids playing in the park without first e-mailing them to myself and saving them on the home computosaurus, rather than pop the SD card in the self-serve kiosk at the pharmacy.
 
2014-01-25 10:01:31 PM

ZeroCorpse: Got a SodaStream and an adapter to use standard CO2 bottles ($4 to refill as opposed to $15 for SodaStream's own)


Who did you find that fills them? The only CO2 places I know of here are shiat like paintball where tool oils are usually in the system.
 
2014-01-26 01:00:26 AM
My hunch about all these security breaches being revealed all at once is either that (a) that those at fault hope that theirs will be forgotten in the deluge or that (b) people will see that data carelessness is so widespread that its useless to whine about it.
 
2014-01-26 02:08:55 AM
...but thank god that secret formula is safe and sound.
 
2014-01-26 07:36:35 AM

FrancoFile: Minimum: To me, the obvious question has always been, "why was all this stored on a laptop?"

Because some mid-level executive with too much time on his hands decided to 'experiment' with 'data-mining', since the IT and HR people won't let him use the internal systems to mess with his pet project.


I always figured it was some mid-level HR drone with too much time on her hands deciding she needed to work from home a few days a week, or a mid-level IT person deciding they wanted to work from home a few days a week and brought their test data for their new database interface with them.  I mean what better to test against then the real database, right?
 
2014-01-26 10:48:25 AM

itsdan: ZeroCorpse: Got a SodaStream and an adapter to use standard CO2 bottles ($4 to refill as opposed to $15 for SodaStream's own)

Who did you find that fills them? The only CO2 places I know of here are shiat like paintball where tool oils are usually in the system.


Homebrew beer places have non-oily CO2, or will tell you where to go to find it.
 
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