Spammer Exposes Customer Data

Thursday, 16 January 2003, 12:24 PM EST

A notorious spammer who pitches pirated software from Symantec's Norton product line over the Internet has left vast amounts of customer data exposed for the world to see.

And apparently, that is not at all uncommon.

One of the Web sites operated by this particular spammer is called salesscape.com, and links related to the site showed hundreds of customer orders in .txt files.

The exposed data includes what item was purchased, customer names, street addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, but apparently not credit card numbers.

Sites like this are often totally unsecured, which is a good reason not to do business with them, said a spokesman for Symantec.

And for anyone wondering why spammers do what they do, the sheer number of customer orders for this one spammer alone tells the story.

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