Saturday, March 11, 2006, 3/11/2006 10:35:00 PM

Advance Auto Trade Secrets Posted on the Web

From the Roanoke Times, a story concerning confidential financial information of Advance Auto posted on Yahoo, presumably by an anonymous employee or former employee. The company is seeking to subpoena Yahoo to find the identity of the culprit.

According to the article, it's not clear that Yahoo can provide the employee's identity because users, although asked to give a real name when signing up with the service, are not prevented from providing a fictitious name.

"What Yahoo can do, however, is provide the IP address -- a unique identifier of the computer used by the poster."

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