Controversial P2P “mitigation” company MediaDefender has got itself into trouble when 700MB of internal emails were distributed on the Internet this weekend. It appears that an employee had forwarded all of his emails to a Gmail account, which has then been accessed by someone else.
According to this report, the emails gave away many secrets about the company’s operation, including evidence that MediaDefender had intentionally misled the outside world about some of its activities. The emails apparently also included financial details including salaries, Social Security numbers and home addresses of some of the company’s employees.
It’s a point that everyone must be familiar with, but it bears repeating: email is a dangerous thing. And it’s not rocket science to realise that having controls to filter and monitor emails going outside your company can help avoid this kind of problem.