Sake and USB sticks don’t mix
Hot Sake in your living room might sound like a good idea at first but if you happen to have a USB stick on you with government secrets on it you should probably opt for green tea instead.
I read this story with interest from CNN. According to CNN a man working for the city of Amagaski in Japan had a USB stick containing some really personal details of every resident of the city including names, bank account details and dates of birth in his possession. He then thought it was a really good idea to go out, get completely wasted and fall asleep on the street, when he woke his bag with the USB stick in it was nowhere to be seen.
On Tuesday, he went to the city administration’s information center and transferred residents’ data onto a flash drive. The data included the names, birth dates, and addresses of 465,177 people, the statement said — the city’s entire population.
Public broadcaster NHK reported that the worker, a man in his 40s, fell asleep on the street after drinking alcohol at a restaurant. When he woke up, his bag containing the flash drive was gone.
Fortunately the USB drive was encrypted making it much more difficult for the data to be extracted but who knows, maybe the genius set the password to “PlasteredInJapan”
Talk about a crappy hangover.
Read the full story here – https://edition.cnn.com/2022/06/24/asia/japan-amagasaki-usb-data-intl-hnk/index.html