Theft/acces to confidential data

BT researchers bought on e-bay 300 hard drives and checked their data content. The results are surprising and scary: 34% of the drives contain data easily identifiable to real persons or companies, some contained high security data such as log in of the French ambassador in Germany or information about US firms making missiles.
I can’t believe people are silly enough to sell on e-bay disks that have not been reformated with complete erasure of data, especially in high-risk domains.

Des disques durs d’occasion très bavards sur eBay” (JDN, 13 May 2009)

And it is no better when data is not even encrypted like the Royal Air Force’s data!
Vols de données dans l’armée de l’air britannique (JDN, 28 May 2009)

Hacked ATMs let criminals steal cash, PINs” (, 5 June 2009)

About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
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