Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Article: For Sale by Public Auction -- Juicy Laptop Secrets

Yet another story about personal and commercial information left on hard-drives sold at auction:

Yahoo! News - For Sale by Public Auction -- Juicy Laptop Secrets:

"... In all, the firm's technicians were able to pull sensitive details from 70 of the 100 machines it bought.

In one case, it obtained a particularly vulnerable hard drive from online auction site eBay that apparently once belonged to one of Europe's largest insurance companies.

On the hard drive were current details of customers' pension plans, payroll records, personnel details, login codes and administration passwords for the company's Intranet site. Home addresses, telephone numbers and dates of birth of customers were also listed in 77 Microsoft Excel files, the company said. ..."

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