How would you feel if your personal data was sold, (along with thousands of others) on eBay, for around 64 dollars? When we say personal data, we are talking about names, addresses, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, phone numbers, mothers’ maiden names, scans of signatures, and more. It’s very personal information that could easily be used to steal an identity and doesn’t belong in the hands of just anybody.
Recently, a man by the name of Andrew Chapman purchased a used computer on eBay for around 64 U.S. dollars. To his surprise, it came with more than he expected. Along with the computer came a hard drive loaded with the personal data of thousands and thousands of people. The data he received belonged to those with American Express, Natawest, and Royal Bank of Scotland accounts.
Luckily Chapman was an honest guy and reported his find, but what about the person who sold the computer? Apparently the computer was sold by a former employee of an archiving firm called Graphic Data. Graphic Data was questioned on the situation and said, “Certain pieces of IT equipment has been moved from a secure area. We are seeking to recover this equipment, which apparently contained customer data. We take customer privacy and data security very seriously.” Talk about a security breach!
This just goes to show that you never really know what you’re going to end-up with when you buy something on eBay.
Source: The Register