Corporate espionage is not a new crime problem, but the means for insiders to victimize their employers in the digitized workplace have become a whole lot easier. Stealing confidential information or valuable intellectual property no longer requires hours of surreptitious photocopying or the smuggling of overstuffed briefcases past building security.
Corrupt employees need not even transfer data to a disk. Any employee with access to the Internet can copy and upload data to Web-based e-mail services with a few simple keystrokes and mouse clicks.
Among the most common acts of corporate espionage is the theft of personal data regarding individuals for the purpose of engaging in identity theft schemes. These are often inside jobs: It is estimated that as much as 50 percent of company computer security breaches are perpetrated by insiders.Read Full Story