Photocopier Risk: The Latest in Personal Information Theft

Posted by Eric Torres

Jun 8, 2010 8:48:00 AM

Thanks to one of our thoughtful and favorite RSVP clients, Jeff at Electrotek, a new threat to security was revealed to us. The latest threat is one that you might not be aware of,  it is the Photocopierinternal hard drives in the newer models of copy machines. Photocopiers are the newest threat of identity theft because newer models equipped with hard drives record what has been duplicated. At a time when most of us copy tax returns, statements and contracts, confidential information may be easily available to criminals.

At issue are the hard drives embedded in most copiers and intelligent printers manufactured in the past five years. Data is stored on the drive before a document is copied or printed; unless security provisions are in place, the data is stored unencrypted and remains there until the drive is full and new data overwrites old.

CBS News recently covered the story and tested out the possible security breach themselves. CBS News Chief Investigative Correspondent, Armen Keteyian, reported that a warehouse in New Jersey with over 6,000 used copy machines, almost every one of them contained a hard drive holding personal information. The results of Keteyian's findings are rather alarming. To view the clip from CBS News on this subject, please click on the video link below.

To read the full report from CBS News or for more information on how to protect the data stored on your copy machine, please see the respected links below. If you are thinking about donating or selling a used copy machine, or have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Eric Torres at 414-228-7474.

 

Copy Machines, a Security Risk? - Video

 

Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets - CBS News

 

How to Protect Your Photocopier Hard Drive

Topics: Security, How To

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