Beware: Your Old Xbox Stores Personal Information

#1 Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1727 posts) -
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/116568-Beware-Your-Old-Xbox-Stores-Personal-Information 
 
Er, so. Fair warning to anyone that has or is thinking about throwing away their Xbox.  
 
Might wanna use 
 

a specific formatting application likeBoot and Nuke  to completely erase information from the magnetic disks. 

because apparently  


all of your personal information is stored on the console's hard drive - even if you wipe the drive clean. 


Ashley Podhradsky from Drexel University in Philadelphia experimented with common tools and applications on a refurbished Xbox 360 and easily grabbed the previous owner's sensitive bits like credit card number, address and real name. 

The more you know...
#2 Posted by thebeastwithtwobacks (140 posts) -

whelp, that blows.

#3 Posted by N7 (3588 posts) -

BRING DOWN THE ESTABLISHMENT. OCCUPY HARDDRIVES2012! PERSONAL INFORMATION WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!

#4 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

Well, glad my only hard drive I've ever had for the 5 (FIVE!) Xbox-es before the one I just got at Christmas is on my desk.

#5 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

well that sucks. my last xbox 360 broke from me dropping it. microsoft was nice enough to send me a new 20 gig hard drive. still had warranty with it.

#6 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -
So this must have been Scott Tenorman's goal.
#7 Posted by sins_of_mosin (1556 posts) -

Thats nice to know but I don't see myself getting rid of my 360 hardware for a long time and I always destroy hard drives, discs, ect ect.

#8 Posted by kermoosh (911 posts) -

well my xbox will stay with me indefinitely, hopefully lasting as long as my n64. gathering dust in a box to play with once every year or two

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