NEWS FROM THE LAB - Thursday, January 3, 2013

On Using Fake Data to Generate Alerts Posted by Sean @ 08:50 GMT

Here's a tip of Mikko's from September:

Insert unique fake users and customers into your production databases, then set up a Google Alert to notify you if they get leaked.

And here's a Washington Post article from today:

Washington Post Jan 3rd, 2013

By Ellen Nakashima: To thwart hackers, firms salting their servers with fake data

Not a bad idea, eh?

We've also known people that make intentional spelling errors when providing personal data to companies, so that they can track how the information is used and sold.

Fake data: welcome to the future.