Privacy: Corporate snoopers

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Date: Fri, 7 Feb 1997 02:06:07 -0800 (PST)
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Don Crabb--Crustacean-at-Large
Computer Industry Gossip of the Day

We've all read about snoopers using police scanners to listen in on 
cellular phone calls. Apparently, those folks have not yet got a life. 
Now, the Crusty One has discovered that several security firms in 
Chicago and New York are specializing in snooping on corporate data by 
tracking and recording cellular data calls made by traveling workers. 

Cellular data collection has become big business for these firms, who 
talked to Crusty only on condition of anonymity. One source told your 
Watery Wayfarer that "We have quite a few Fortune 1000 clients. The CIOs 
of these companies come to us with a goal in mind: covertly gathering 
data about the competition in order to help guide their competitive 
moves. In recent months, we've been able to snag quite a lot of 
unencrypted data by locking onto cellular data calls and producing a 
magnetic record for our clients. For which, of course, we are paid 
handsomely. To the tune of a $10,000 flat startup fee for our service, 
and daily fees of $2,000 to $10,000, depending upon the level of 
electronic data capture the client wants. Our biggest client, a New York 
bank, and one of the ten largest banks in the world, has already spent 
more than $200,000 over the last six months on data snooping. Which just 
goes to show you that this is a growing market." 

Growing, indeed, the Crusty One opines. Growing to the point that the 
Federal Government might want to consider unleashing an FBI sting 
operation to arrest some of these cretinous data spies. Because, of 
course, stealing corporate data by means of stealth just happens to be A 

On another note, the Crustmeister General reports that after having the 
bluest day of his life and rambling on, most depressingly, about Apple 
Computer, Inc.'s latest reorg plans earlier this week, he's now more 
sanguine--having had a chance to have the plans explained to him by new 
Apple marketing honcho, and former Claris President, Guerrino De Luca. 
Which means that your Carapacious Reporter is once again cautiously 
optimistic about the gang in Cupertino getting its act in gear, for the 
first time in a long time.