World Economic Forum Site Security Breached

Participants of the recent World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland, had their personal information stolen after anti-globalization intruders infiltrated the Forum Web site. The Swiss newspaper SonntagZeitung reported that the intruders gave the newspaper a CD-ROM containing 27,000 Forum database names, email addresses, phone numbers, and travel itineraries, and 1400 credit card numbers.

The Forum confirmed the intrusion. According to a press release issued Tuesday, February 5, the Forum had earlier published booklets with most of the same data obtained by the intruders and had already given these booklets to Forum participants. However, the Forum has notified participants whose credit card numbers were exposed by the security breach.

Anti-globalization groups have protested in the past during the December 1999 World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle, Washington, and at meetings in Melbourne and Prague. The Forum Web site intrusion is significant because the Forum includes such powerful leaders as Michael Dell and Bill Gates and such political figures as Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and Shimon Peres.

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