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Copy Machines a 'Gold Mine' for Data Thieves

DATA PROTECTION

March 22, 2010

The Toronto Star reports on the potential privacy implications of photocopiers in the work place. Multi-purpose copy machines store a wealth of information on their hard drives and it can be easily hacked, the report states. One security expert who reconfigures used copy machines says businesses are unaware of the privacy breach risks when a copier is replaced. "In almost all the machines I have seen, the files, phone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses are left there as if it was still in the office," he says, adding that he often comes across files from insurance companies and medical facilities. Another expert says if linked to an unsecured network, copier data can be found and tracked online.
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