Data Theft

Data theft is a term used to describe when information is illegally copied or taken from a business or other individual. Commonly, this information is user information such as passwords, social security numbers, credit card information, other personal information, or other confidential corporate information.


Data is resources of each business, therefore it becomes the attack target of many inviduals and organizations with bad intensions. While most organizations have implemented firewalls and intrusion-detection systems, very few take into account the threat from the average employee that copies proprietary data for personal gain or use by another company. Data theft is a growing phenomenon primarily caused by system administrators and office workers with access to technology such as database servers, desktop computers,…


80% information leaks caused by insiders.


Database systems are inaccessible from outside so 98% of data leaks are due to insiders.

A growing list of hand-held devices capable of storing digital information, such as USB flash drives, iPods and even digital cameras,… makes copying and storing data become easier than ever before.


The data can be used for personal purposes or sold for other organizations to causing unfair competition in business and even some data relating to government can affect the political situation and social security.

1 Comment

  1. Kayo

    Usually you are not legally comellepd to provide your Social Security number to private businesses unless you are involved in a transaction in which the Internal Revenue Service requires notification. The Patriot Act requires financial institutions to verify customers’ identities, which can involve the SSN.There is no law, however, that prevents businesses from requesting your SSN, and there are few restrictions on what businesses can do with it. But even though you are not legally required to disclose your SSN, the business does not have to provide you with service if you refuse to release it. So in a sense, you are strong-armed into giving your SSN. This is often the case when applying for insurance and opening utility accounts.But don’t give up. Be sure to ask if there is an alternate number that you can provide to the company, such as your driver’s license number. Also ask if you can provide a deposit rather than giving your SSN to the company. Generally they only ask if they are looking to run your credit report, which most insurance companies will do when evaluating you for coverage.

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