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Police Indicate Company Shared Data


November 8, 2012

During a police investigation into a cyberattack on PayPal, voice-over-Internet company Skype allegedly handed over the personal information of a 16-year-old customer to an IT firm, NU.nl reports. PayPal reportedly hired Dutch IT security firm iSIGHT to investigate the cyberattack, during which a 16-year-old boy’s pseudonym was discovered. Police notes indicate that Skype, another of iSIGHT’s clients, complied when iSIGHT asked for the boy’s account data. While Skype allegedly shared the data voluntarily, a court order would generally be required, the report states. A spokesman for Skype said, “It is our policy not to provide customer data unless we are served with valid request from legal authorities.”
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