Friday, September 21, 2007

[The Chosun Ilbo, September 12 2007] Be Careful How You Delete Your Incriminating Files

Several years ago, two MIT graduate students conducted an experiment to restore data from 158 second-hand computer disk drives that they bought from online auctions. They were able to recover 5,000 credit card numbers, detailed medical records, personal emails and even corporate ledgers from 129 of the drives. Three drives contained the details of years' worth of banking transactions. A test by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology produced similar results, with all kinds of personal information like resident registration numbers pouring from second-hand computers.

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