Online shopping breach discovered

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Online shopping breach discovered

A technician at Blarg! Online has found that personal information provided by online shoppers may not necessarily be private.

Using a web browser and a search engine such as Hotbot or AltaVista, web surfers can download files containing information such as customer names, addresses, telephone numbers, and credit card numbers.

In fact, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that it was able to download 100 pages of such information from Internet sites.

The security breach is caused by improper installation of common “shopping cart” software by retailers. Instead of creating a confidential file that is inaccessible to outsiders, the improperly installed software saves customer information in a publicly-exposed file.

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