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01/17/2010

Nagahama city office: Winny caused a leakage of information

On January 15, Nagahama city office announced that a 28-year-old employee's personal computer installed with Winny, a peer-to-peer file-sharing program, had caused a leakage of information. The leaked information, including internal materials, is confirmed to have been posted on 2 Channel, one of the biggest internet forums in Japan. No actual damage has been reported.

According to the city office, the employee, who belonged to Takatsuki town office last December, brought the data from the office to work at home. Takatsuki was merged into Nagahama on the first day of January 2010. It's presumed that the information was leaked when he modified the materials using his computer.

Permission needs to be granted by one's boss when bringing data out of the office at Takatsuki town office, but the employee didn't ask for it. "I was extremely busy preparing for the merger, " says the employee who is likely to be reprimanded.

(Yomiuri Shimbun, January 16, 2010)

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