Breaking rules, leaking data

Friday, 27 April 2007, 10:42 AM EST

Computer-security expert Mike Endrizzi has a sure-fire tactic he loves to use when he's auditing businesses that hire him to make sure their networks are airtight.

He'll send a spam e-mail to the company's top officers. Maybe the e-mail will say it came from the company's information technology department, maybe not. But it'll ask the executive for his user ID and password. And 5 to 8 times out of 10, the top execs cough up the info without a second thought, he said.

At TwinCities.

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