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SAP Admits the Charges of Downloading Oracle’s Data

As per the news by BBC News on July 3, 2007, SAP has admitted the charges of downloading confidential data of Oracle; however, they also claims that they had not used the information so far.

Oracle has decided to sue SAP on charges of hacking their computer system and leaking important data. In March 2007, oracle has also filed a law suit against SAP accusing it that their Tomorrow Now unit (now called as SAP TN) had downloaded their support database by taking the help of records of clients whose support contracts were about to over.

In January 2005, SAP had bought the Tomorrow Now unit, which is used to as a third-party support service for enterprise software. The lawsuit of Oracle accuses SAP of 11 charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, regulations against unhealthy competition, and economic espionage laws.

In response to Oracle's accusations of intellectual property theft, SAP answered that the downloaded information is still present in the system of Tomorrow Now and they have introduced several changes in the management of Tomorrow Now.

According to Security Focus on July 3, 2007, CEO, SAP, Henning Kagermann, regretted the inappropriate download and considers it against business ethics. He further assured the customers, investors, employees and partners that SAP considers every business of its very seriously and will always work for it.

The lawsuit of Oracle accuses SAP TN who has used username and password of users that the company had taken from Oracle Corporation to download a range of technical material.

In 2006, Oracle examined "huge, unexplained spikes" in its client base, which had kept looking for more data after getting the initial result of a search.

Further, the new search attempts occurred within few seconds of previous search, suggesting the searches were automated and were not performed by humans. SAP and Oracle have always been a rival starting from the days when Oracle acquired PeopleSoft and emerged as a big rival to SAP.

As per the news by the Inquirer on July 3, 2007, the officials of SAP said that the US Department of Justice has asked SAP to submit documents related to the filing.

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