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Vulnerability to internet crime

Date: February 23, 2007

Businesses are being urged to effectively recycle confidential material in order to reduce their vulnerability to internet crime.

According to information released by System Associates, criminals can obtain critical information, such as email address and supplier details, simply by gaining access to company recycle bins, reports bCentral.

"One visit from a tenacious hacker to the office recycling bins can often provide enough information for them to bypass firewalls and other security systems and get straight to the heart of confidential information," said David Macken, managing director of System Associates.

The company also warned that recycling points could contain confidential system passwords.
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