A newly identified snooping technology allows someone sending an email to see what the recipient wrote when it is forwarded on to another user, an Internet privacy group announced Monday.
It really is a wiretap and it's "very illegal and very easy to do," said Richard Smith, chief technology officer for the Privacy Foundation based in Denver, in a column he wrote for the non-profit educational and research organization. The vulnerability exists in mail that uses HTML (HyperText Markup Language).
Smith, in his column, worries that the exploit may be used often and people may try to gain access to information that they normally would not be privileged to see. For example, a user may send a resume via email and then learn what the potential employer thinks about his or her qualifications, Smith writes.
Smith's column and further information on the exploit can be viewed at http://www.privacyfoundation.org/..
The Privacy Foundation, in Denver, can be reached at http://www.privacyfoundation.org/.