You don’t need to spend money on proprietary background search databases to get the dirt you want; just use Google. The article reports that it’s easier than ever to find private information through a relatively simple Google search.

It’s bad enough when hackers are able to get through a secure computer system to confidential information — but you generally won’t be able to find something through a Google search unless there has been some sort of screwup with the web site’s security, leaving the page open to the public. A quote in the article estimates there are tens of thousands of sites with this information left out in the open.