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Sensitive information for shooting down intercontinental missiles as well as bank details and NHS records was found on old computers, researchers say.
In addition to finding bank account details and medical records, the work unearthed job descriptions and personal identity numbers as well as data about a proposed $50bn currency exchange through Spain.
The launch procedures for a US military missile air defence system were found on a second-hand hard drive bought on eBay, researchers have revealed.
The missile system was designed and built by US defence group Lockheed Martin. The same computer hard disk also revealed security policies and blueprints of facilities at the group, as well as personal information on employees.
Among the 1,000 drives obtained from eBay and other online auction sites, car boot fairs and discarded machines, were drives containing recent information from Ford Motor Company, the clothes firm Laura Ashley, the German Embassy in Paris, Nokia, the Edinburgh lawyers Henderson Boyd Jackson (HBJ), Swindon Council, Lanarkshire NHS Trust and a number of schools and drives from individuals.
Also on the drive was information marked "confidential – Ford Motor Company – this is unpublished work which is a trade secret … FMC own all rights to this work to preserve its trade secret status."
They revealed yesterday that more than 300 hard drives were studied, two of which uncovered images of X-rays, medical staff shifts and confidential letters from the Monklands and Hairmyres hospitals in Lanarkshire
Originally posted by MischeviousElf
I cant believe huge organisations like Ford, the NHS and the US Military allow any hard drives to leave there stock without being wiped first, you can do it with a freeware program, that will overwrite the entire disk as many times as you want with random 0's and 1's... I always do that to my hard drives if they get too old, or beat them very violently with a Hammer and large magnet!
[edit on 7-5-2009 by MischeviousElf]
Originally posted by Highground
The hammer method will work, though, and I'd probably just zero out the drive, as you mentioned, then beat it to a pulp with a hammer.
Originally posted by symmetricAvenger
reply to post by Highground
but look at the data on this .. i mean if it was from LHM wtf are they doing with medical record and bank transfaris for 50b?