Printer Harddrives Store the Secrets [Corporate Espionage]

March 30th, 2010 § 0 comments

Turns out the corporate espionage business is getting easier. With the developing printer technology comes the inevitable problems. This time around, it has been discovered the printers’ harddrives store copies of every copy made. Simply snatching that drive could give you an edge on the competition…

Of the dozens of multi-purpose copiers Beitner has cleaned out in the past two years, he has seen hundreds of scanned documents that would be considered confidential. As a personal policy, he never reads them, but can easily tell where they are by the file names and sizes.

“In almost all the machines I have seen, the files, phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses are left there as if it was still in the office,” said Beitner. “There are files from insurance companies, medical facilities, pharmaceutical and regular office-type documents,” he said.

High-tech copy machines a gold mine for data thieves via BoingBoing

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