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German Christmas cake theft sparks data scare

German Christmas cake theft sparks data scare
German Christmas cake theft sparks data scare

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The Local
20 Dec 08

The uproar over another suspected case of stolen personal data was 
resolved Friday when police determined it was in fact the result of a 
hijacked Christmas cake.

The mystery began in early December when two sub-contractors for a 
package delivery company pinched a "Stollen," the traditional German 
cake, that a company in Stuttgart wanted to send to Uwe Vork=C3=B6tter, 
editor-in-chief of the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper.

To hide the theft, the two couriers, aged 27 and 35, replaced the cake 
with another package, which was being shipped by a company that handles 
sensitive computer data to the regional Berlin bank LBB, police said.

When the newspaper got the details of banking transactions of thousands 
of LBB clients, it notified prosecutors in Frankfurt and broke the story 
in what appeared to be another case of waylaid personal data in Germany. 
The police investigation into the missing data lasted over a week, until 
the two employees gave themselves up Friday.


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