Binned PCs were stuffed with MoD and Sun staffers’ privates

Here we go – again.

John Leyden reports:

Security researchers found personal records of Sun newspaper and MoD staff on the hard drives of discarded or resold computers.

The studyThe ghosts from the machines: A history of 10 years of carelessly discarded data, found that both businesses and consumers are getting rid of old PCss without wiping them clean.

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3 comments to “Binned PCs were stuffed with MoD and Sun staffers’ privates”

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  1. garykva - October 27, 2011

    It takes very little effort to yank a hard drive and empty the cdrom trays. Take the hard drive in the driveway and whack it with a hammer. Some of the companies that do this enjoy a day of taking their frustrations out on old, replaced equipment. A tech doesn’t have to launch multiple copies of writes to a hard drive if the hard drive is beaten to a pancake, taking less time and effort on his part. Plus, the added addreniline will probably get him to close more trouble tickets for the day = Þ

    • admin - October 27, 2011

      I see you favor the same low-tech approach I’ve used here. 🙂

  2. Anon - October 27, 2011

    You’d ink someone would notice thousands of Brits running around missing their privates.

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