Kazaa insecure, users oblivious

Sunday, 9 June 2002, 2:05 AM EST

File-swapping service Kazaa is rife with security holes and may pose a risk to its users, according to research conducted by Hewlett-Packard's HP Labs.

The study reported that some users of the service incorrectly believed they were not sharing any files when they actually were sharing all the files on their hard drive. Other users, taking advantage of the breach, were downloading files from unsuspecting visitors, including e-mail files and documents that contained credit card numbers.

"The usability results were very surprising," Nathaniel Good, a researcher at HP Labs, told NewsFactor. "Two out of 12 users couldn't determine they were sharing the entire drive."

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