There’s an interesting story moving around the blogosphere (is there a better word for this yet?) regarding a Berkeley professor who had his laptop computer stolen (via Boing Boing). Evidently, the laptop was loaded with tracking technology, and full of highly secret government and corporate information. However, it seems the thief was probably only after a digital copy of a course examination.
In the following video (BitTorrent Download), the professor describes the ominous and terrifying consequences of this incident for the thief. Wow … I’m sure glad I didn’t do it!
This also goes to show both the sensitivity of information that can be stored on portable devices as well as the security measures that are often in place to protect this data.
And by the way, if you have not yet discovered Bit Torrent, feel free to ask me what this means, and how you can use it. It’s currently one of the best ways to share files to many users.
I had heard about the video, so thanks for the link. And I agree, by the way, about BitTorrent – it absolutely rocks for large file transfers. The video transferred in about 10 seconds!