Customer details leaked in HP v. Oracle

Customer details leaked in HP v. Oracle

Summary: As HP builds its case against Oracle over the Itanium platform, it has published more than 100 Oracle customer complaints — with contact information and all.

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As HP builds its case against Oracle over the Itanium platform, it has published more than 100 Oracle customer complaints — with contact information and all.

It's been a haphazard week for the security of personal data, with major leaks at LinkedIn and now Last.fm.

You can add some probably now-unhappy Oracle customers to that list, thanks to some legal documents that have popped up in the hardware giant's legal battle against Hewlett-Packard.

As reported by Wired, Oracle received "hundreds of complaints" from customers after the Redwood Shores, California-based company announced that it would be discontinuing support for the Itanium processor, making a lot of HP databases rather useless. In a nutshell, that's what started this whole lawsuit in the first place last June.

But now, those customers might regret their inquiries for the sole reason that their contact information, including names, email addresses and phone numbers, is included in HP's repertoire of evidence. Thus, they can all be found online and available to the public.

Presumably, a lot of these requests are probably coming from business sources and customers, thus they probably don't include a lot of home addresses and personal mobile phone numbers. So, perhaps one could argue that a lot of this information is already available to the public, but now you can just deduce who is (or was) an Oracle customer using an HP server running on Itanium.

Nevertheless, no one likes it when their contact information is leaked anyway, so there are bound to be some unhappy clients right now.

Via ZDNet US

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Big Data, Data Management, Oracle, Privacy, Security

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