Sensitive corporate data just $10 on eBay |  Security

A disk drive purchased for $10 on auction site Ebay exposed a European financial services firm's sensitive data, including employee pension plans, customer databases, financial information, payroll records, and login codes and and admin passwords for the company's intranet. The drive was purchased by researchers from Pointsec Mobile Technologies as part of a study into the accessibility of corporate data via lost laptops and hard drives. The group puchased 100 disks and laptops from various sites and found that seven of 10 contained readable information although they had been "wiped clean" or "reformatted."

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