Tech. Co. Seeks Identity Of Online Mole


(AP) A technology company has filed a lawsuit to find out who has been posting company secrets on the Internet.

Once they learn the identity, Buffalo-based Computer Task Group Inc. intends to sue for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, indicating it thinks the author of the messages is an insider, The Buffalo News reported Tuesday.

Known as “Orcale 2002,” the Internet user “posted information that contained proprietary and confidential information concerning CTG” that may have affected stock trading, company lawyer Hugh Russ said in papers filed in state Supreme Court.

The first posting, which accused CTG of missing financial targets required by lenders, appeared on a Yahoo! message board in April. Yahoo erased the message after CTG complained it contained company secrets, the court papers show.

CTG provides computer staffing and project services to corporate customers. The company has about 3,700 workers worldwide, most of them billable employees placed in corporations to run their systems.

CTG’s past efforts to determine Orcale’s identity have been unsuccessful, apparently because Orcale uses slightly altered nicknames to thwart detection. After CTG obtained a court order requiring Yahoo to turn over Orcale2002’s Internet address, a subsequent message appeared in July under the variation “Orcale2020.”

CTG must get Orcale’s Internet address within three days of a posting to match the address with an individual using America Online, court papers say.

The deadline for Yahoo! to reply to the company’s latest demand is Jan. 29.

Such lawsuits have become common with the proliferation of anonymous Internet message boards, said Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. In 2000, California-based Ingram Micro sued to identify a dozen detractors who the company said were airing secrets.

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