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Pod slurping poses massive security threat

The iPod celebrates it’s 5th birthday while identity fraud in the UK continues to rise says Huntswood, a provider of professional services to public and private sectors.

It stated that theft of personal information should be a major concern for every organisation. A common misconception shared by many organisations is that information security threats are most likely to originate from outside the company.

Five years ago Apple launched the handheld device that was to transform the music market. At a glance the iPod is an innocent looking portable audio device, however the technology boasts massive data storage capacity that is practically large enough to store all the data found in a typical workstation, and more.

Pod slurping describes how MP3 players such as iPods and other USB mass storage devices can easily be used to steal sensitive information that can used for the purposes of serious organised crime.

The incidence of identity fraud in the UK is rising with CIFAS – the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service, stating that cases of identity and impersonation fraud reported have risen by 500%. The estimated cost of identity fraud to the UK economy stands at approximately £1.72 billion.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.