Expect to see fewer hard drives.

From: Feldman, Robert <Robert_Feldman_at_jdedwards.com>
Date: Thu Jan 16 15:29:01 2003

This story just came out:


"So, you think you cleaned all your personal files from that old computer
you got rid of?

Two MIT graduate students suggest you think again.

Over two years, Simson Garfinkel and Abhi Shelat bought 158 used hard drives
at secondhand computer stores and on eBay. Of the 129 drives that
functioned, 69 still had recoverable files on them and 49 contained
"significant personal information" - medical correspondence, love letters,
pornography and 5,000 credit card numbers. One even had a year's worth of
transactions with account numbers from a cash machine in Illinois. "

I expect that more people/companies will resort to smashing the hard drives
of computers they get rid of :(
Received on Thu Jan 16 2003 - 15:29:01 GMT

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