By Daniel Lee
January 14, 2009
Indianapolis-based consumer rating service Angie's List is suing a rival
startup, claiming its founder stole thousands of files from Angie's List
Web service in an effort to start his own company.
The suit alleges that Christopher "Kit" Cody -- the founder of
Washington, D.C.-based Trustys.com -- joined Angie's List as a regular
member, then used an automated "bot" software program to harvest
service-provider reports, ratings and other information then used for
Cody's attorney disputes the allegations.
The lawsuit raises what cyber-security experts say is one of the most
common and costly computer security issues: Someone with legitimate
access to a company's data misusing that information.
"We consider it industrial espionage," said Angie's List spokeswoman
Cheryl Reed. "He came in to use technology to basically cut and paste
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