Keeping things between you and someone else is a hard task to do, as you will always have that chance that the other person will eventually tell someone. If private information is given through email or chat, you can be sure that it will reach the internet, as people love the leak confidential information. A lot of times information is stolen by someone breaking into an email account and stealing the information in order to tell your secrets. Spoilers are also a way that people leak information from a hit show, ruining it for many people who haven’t seen the show yet.
Social media is a way to make the information go viral, and in the eyes of people all over the world. If you own a company and are trying to keep things a secret, the only option you really have it to never tell anyone anything and cut the entire business off from the outside world. Often times that isn’t even enough, somehow, someway, your information that you are safe guarding so much will eventually be out for all to see. Here are 10 ways you will see that it is not going to be easy to keep your information confidential and secret for long:
- 650,000 Users Information Has Been Leaked By AOL
AOL decided it to be imperative to research purposes to leak 650,000 people’s search history for the past 3 months. This actually was not done on accident; they purposefully released the information, again, for research purposes only. AOL did remove the users name and replaced them with a number, but those who were able to crack the code, were able to view the persons search history. The search history was not censored in any way so it wasn’t too hard to figure out how to identify someone based on their search history.
2.Sony Ruined Its Entire Advertising Campaign By Releasing A Game Demo
Because of data mining, when Sony released its beta testing game for PlayStation called All-Stars Battle Royale, there was so much information that was found and leaked that by the time the game was released there wasn’t much to advertise. Every character was revealed when a beta file had surfaced. All the hard work that Sony put into advertising for the game was completely for nothing since everything had already been revealed. The only thing Sony could do is hope for the best come release day.
- Game Of Thrones Season 5 Released Online Half Of The Series Before The Actual Premier.
Production companies often times send out screener copies of feature-length movies or even the first few episodes of a show to publications before the premier. The reason for this is to build interest through magazine and website reviews. HBO released half of the first part of the fifth season of the Game of Thrones, online; this happened weeks before the premier date. Usually when production companies sends out the screeners, it is equipped with a special code that jumps around the screen making it an authentic copy for the company they sent it to. Leakers can blur the code out but with the placement, it will still be noticeable as to who the screener was sent to. HBO put the code in a stationary spot and never changed in between episodes, making it easy to simply blur out.
- Game Developer Tries To Pull A ‘Taken‘ On Hacker
In 2003 the Valve Corporation announced that it would release their game Half-Life 2 on September 30 after many millions of dollars and missed deadlines later, they promised this was the final release date. They had experienced server issues and computer crashes making it hard to release the game. Finally, a German hacker, also a gamer enthusiast, decided to take it upon himself to hack into the system and release the game online himself. He wrote an email to the Valve Corporation apologizing for what he did. He was caught by police and was given only 2 years of probation.
- The New Doctor Who Was Released Completely Unfinished By BBC
The eleventh doctor, Matt Smith, was being replaced on The New Doctor Who show and fans waited in anticipation for nearly nine months wondering who he is and what his character would be like. Entire scripts began being leaked online of the first few episodes, and being leaked over a month before the release date. The scripts were likely leaked via the new BBC office located in Latin America who didn’t have secured servers.
- Nintendo Employee Attacks
Sony accidentally leaked private information on the Super Smash Brothers for the Wii-U game, beta download. An employee of Nintendo released a video of himself playing the unreleased version of the game, with characters that didn’t even make it onto the actual game. At first the employee posted as an anonymous gamer on a video game bored, sharing different game modes that were yet to be seen by the public. Supposedly Nintendo figured out who the employee was and dealt with him privately.
- $20 Million Down The Drain On Final The Harry Potter Book
Bloomsbury offices had taken a $20 million measure to prevent spoilers from taking place for their final Harry Potter book, as they had dealt with spoilers ruining their previous works. They had spent around $20 million on security measures for the book shipments that were on their way to retailers, threatening those who dared open the shipments containing the books. Someone still decided, despite the efforts of security, to get a copy, take pictures of every single page and post it online for the world to see. This ruined the finale of the book series and Bloomsbury wasted $20 million.
- Coca-Cola Employee Desperately Tries To Sell Company Out To Pepsi
An employee, a secretary to a high-level Coca-Cola executive, was able to steal the secret formula and tried to sell it to their main competitor, Pepsi. She came in contact with the top-secret files and decided to make some money off of them. She contacted Pepsi and they did not go further with the woman’s deal. They actually reported the secretary to Coca-Cola, who then was turned into the FBI. She then began working with an FBI agent, unknowingly, thinking that she is about to make a $30,000 deal. She even gave him a vial of the top secret flavor.
- Apple Employees Lose Prototypes In Bars Frequently
The first employee of Apple, Steve Wozniak, had a prototype of the iPhone 4 in 2010, and walked into a bar with it, when he walked out the phone was gone. The lost phone was then purchased for $5000 by Jason Chen, who had a website and posted many pictures and gave opinions on the device. He was raided by police and all his computers were seized as evidence. He wasn’t actually charged for a crime, since he was luckily protected by the Shield Law. Apply had another employee lose a prototype in a bar as well.
- The Weirdest Theft Of Confidential Information Ever
During a convention called PAX East, Atomic Games studio had been setting up their booth for the onlookers when a man in the crowd approached their station and proceeded to hook his laptop up to computers which contained the source code for Atomic’s new game, Breach. Employees began asking the man what he was doing, when he replied with the admission of attempting to steal their code. He then took off once he realized that he was about to be in some serious trouble only to be caught by security and turned into the police. He stole 14 MB of data.