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Auctioned laptops leak company secrets

And you thought going ‘under the hammer’ was the best way to destroy data… Laptops containing sensitive financial details and all manner of corporate secrets can be snapped up at auctions for a pittance, a security firm has revealed. Stockholm-based Pointsec Mobile Technologies said on Wednesday it bought 100 laptop computers from a host of internet and public auctions during the past two months. The exercise was intended to demonstrate that the scores of lost or stolen laptops that wind up at auction every day have hard drives with little or no security, giving identity thieves and fraudsters easy access to potentially lucrative data. What it did not expect to find was a cache of corporate laptops too that were as easy to crack as grandma’s PC. In all, the firm’s technicians were able to pull sensitive details from 70 of the 100 machines it bought.Full Story

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