Employees seen as computer saboteurs

Monday, 29 April 2002, 10:58 AM EST

Digital cameras, MP3 players and handheld computers could be the tools that disgruntled employees use to sabotage computer systems or steal vital data, warn security experts.

The removable memory cards inside the devices could be used to bring in software that looks for vulnerabilities on a company's internal network.

The innocent-looking devices could also be used to smuggle out confidential or sensitive information.

The dangers disgruntled employees pose was highlighted by a survey showing that almost half of the most serious security incidents companies suffered last year were caused by company workers.

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