P2P networks threaten home PC security

Friday, 19 October 2007, 12:39 AM EST

Users of peer-to-peer platforms, also known as P2P networks, may be under attack from entertainment lawyers policing copyright violations, but they can also be an easy target for identity thieves. And they may never know about it if it’s their kids who load the software.

Take the Olsons, a typical Indiana family: Christopher and Tami have three daughters, as well as a family dog. The dog’s name can’t yet be found online, but everyone else’s can, thanks to security holes in popular P2P music downloading software. So can their birthdates and the family’s income and banking information.

At MSNBC.

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