Identity thieves lurking in P2P networks

Users of peer to peer file sharing services may be sharing more than they bargained for, a former White House cybersecurity adviser warned Thursday.

Security researchers have found thousands of files with sensitive information by searching through file-sharing networks, said Howard Schmidt, CEO of R&H Security Consulting LLC. Schmidt, who has also worked as chief security officer for Microsoft Corp., made the comments during an SDForum seminar in Palo Alto, Calif., on Thursday.

Medical records, financial information and router passwords have all popped up on P2P networks, often after users inadvertently share folders containing the data. "People don't realize you're not just sharing your music," Schmidt said. "You're sharing your personal files." Identity thieves lurking in P2P networks

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