EBay Buyers Want What’s In Your Hard Drive

Thursday, 2 February 2006, 12:39 AM EST

Maybe you should clean out your hard drive before you put it up for sale on eBay. People may want to see what's in it. A researcher suggested on Monday that people search for hard drives with lots of interesting information on hard drives for sale at the online auction house. This includes personal information like credit card numbers, let alone what you download.

Harvard professor Simson Garfinkel works on the project for Harvard's Center for Research on Computation and Society. He said he's been buying hard drives on eBay for about five years no and then looks over what's on the hard drives. He reported buy 236 drives and seven of them contained well over 300 recoverable credit card numbers.

By John Stith at SecurityProNews

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