17 May 2013

Private messages of Bloomberg clients end up online

Private messages of Bloomberg clients end up online: "Mere days after Bloomberg News admitted that its journalists could access some client information via the company's financial terminals, it has been revealed that the company inadvertently leaked on the Internet over 10,000 private messages exchanged by its clients.

Financial Times reports that the messages in question were found by a unnamed financial markets professional via a simple Google search, and that they were online for a number of years, accessible to anyone who knew what to look for. After the FT inquired about them, they were taken down.

“This work was done with client consent, where emails were explicitly forwarded to us to a dedicated email account and released by the person responsible for the email so that we could conduct internal testing to improve our technology for the client,” a Bloomberg spokesman stated.

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