The snooping technology has been available for three years, but very few people knew it could be used until recently, said David Martin, professor of computer science at the University of Denver, which is associated with the Privacy Foundation.
Richard Smith, chief technology officer at the Privacy Foundation, wrote in a column attached to the advisory today that the new snooping technology “made me fall out of my chair” and called it “very illegal and also very easy to do.”
But one industry analyst said he wasn’t sure the concern is that worrisome. “This e-mail wiretapping doesn’t strike me as a super-high priority for corporate users, but it could be if you are involved in sending e-mails that are potentially compromising,” said Dana Gardner, an analyst at Aberdeen Group Inc. in Boston.
The foundation details a longer, 15-step method in its advisory.