During a normal Sunday morning service at a local church, while the congregation read the overhead screens during the sermon, someone in the congregation decided to check email. That church member's smartphone synced with the church's projectors and took them over. All of a sudden, the whole congregation was reading that person's email.
"It was a glitch in the system," said CPA Stan Reiff, a partner with the accounting firm CapinCrouse. The church shut down the screens and fixed a backdoor in the software. But the incident was a reminder, he said, of the blessings and challenges of modern technology.
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