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Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 11:49:33 -0800 (PST)
Dead medium: Old Hard Drives
From: From: Richard Kadrey (
Source(s): StudioBriefing, edited by Lew Irwin, 2/9/2000;

(Does dead media has consequences in the real world? Ask yourself this: how much information about you is stored on old, discarded computers being sold off for parts, or simply discarded?-RK)

MCCARTNEY'S BANK RECORDS FOUND ON DISCARDED COMPUTER An obsolete computer, sold by a London bank, contained 108 files containing private information about the movement of money in Paul McCartney's bank accounts, the London Daily Express reported Tuesday. An expert hired by the newspaper said that it was "embarrassingly easy" to pull the data off the hard drive and that there had been no attempt to delete it. The Express said that similar security breaches have occurred on "millions of computers" that have been discarded without the hard disks being erased.

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