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Pod Slurping – An easy technique for stealing data

The problem with uncontrolled use of iPods, USB sticks and flash drives on your network

Our dependency on technology has never ceased to grow. Increased portability, ease of use, stylish looks and a good dose of marketing hype are the perfect cocktail to entice the population at large! Suppliers of consumer electronics are registering an ever increasing demand for portable consumer electronics. Apple’s iPod for example, is one of the most successful electronic gadgets in the world. Since the iPod launch in 2001, Apple have sold almost 60 million units (, 2006). iPod has become a universally appealing source of audio entertainment – the eponym for MP3 players. Projections show that the demand for iPods and other MP3 flash-memory music players will continue on a positive trend and will surge to nearly 124 million units in 2009 (Kevorkian, 2005).

As the popularity of iPods continues to grow, an alarming army of white earphones is slowly taking over the workplace. In fact, these MP3 players have become as common in any workplace as they are on public transport. But what is so alarming about having iPods and MP3 players at work?

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