Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Pizza chains half-baked security

Papa John's has beefed up security for its Web-based e-mail system after the pizza chain learned that internal e-mail and customer data had been exposed. The leak at the Louisville, Ky.-based pizza chain made internal corporate e-mail and thousands of customer comments available to anyone with a Web browser. The customer comments included names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of customers.

Papa John's on Monday added password protection to its Web-based e-mail system and the online customer suggestion database, after it was notified of the leak by CNET News.com. The company's action came hours after information exposing the system's insecurity was published to the popular Full Disclosure security mailing list. While the Web-based system now requires a password, some of the information is still available in the cache of Google's search engine. For example, one internal Papa John's e-mail discusses the company's challenges in re-establishing itself in Mexico and Puerto Rico after the departure of a key employee.

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