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Editor’s Notes

The major theme for March is personal data and spying. Since the revelation that confidential details of 20,000 police complaints were available on the Internet there seems to be no end of further revelations of mishandling of personal data.

An interesting aspect of the US laptop thefts is that the data included Social Security Numbers. It is common practice for these unique identifiers to be used whenever convenient, opening the door for identity theft. Hong Kong readers will notice the similarity to the HKID number, which is often mis-used as a default password (e.g. for activating credit cards or accessing websites).

The news of an unpatched Internet Explorer vulnerability that is being actively exploited is also of critical concern.

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