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Defining Moment

By Peter Piazza

Every document file (for example, those such as .doc, .txt, .xls, and so on) could be sucked off your computer’s hard drive and onto an iPod in under two minutes, according to Abe Usher of Sharp Ideas, LLC, who created a proof-of-concept application to do just that. This potentially nefarious program can be thwarted only if plug-in devices are blocked from computers, a rare situation given the popularity of USB storage devices. What is this type of data theft called?

Hint: Think of the device used; now think about what your child might do while eating soup.

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