Why Aren't Credit Card Companies Using A Google Defense Mechanism?
from the interesting-ideas dept
Bennett Haselton has written up an interesting article at Slashdot, highlighting just how easy it is to find large collections of credit card information using Google. The method is pretty straightforward -- and has been written about extensively in the past. What's interesting, though, is that Haselton wonders why the credit card companies haven't done anything about it. Obviously, they can't prevent card info from being leaked or available online -- but they absolutely can continue to scan for such information and issue new cards to those whose info was compromised. Of course, the reason they don't do this is that the "cost" probably seems high, and the cost of not doing anything isn't particularly high. However, Haselton also notes that this is the type of thing that others could easily help fix as well -- and if the credit card companies could build up more of a community, it's likely that volunteers probably would have written scripts that would find these cards and alert the victims years ago, when this issue was first discovered. While it's fun for some people to bash companies that bring together a community of supporters and volunteers, it's not hard to see cases such as this one where having a community who can be a lot more efficient at solving big problems can be a good thing.