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Shredder Or Spy?


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Shredder or Spy?

Worried about hackers, viruses, and attacks like those that crippled Yahoo! and eBay last month? Here's something that should make every CEO a little more uneasy. That paper shredder in the corner office may look innocent, but it could be a high-tech spy tool. Strange, but true. A Web site that specializes in gadgets for snooping sold a handful of $5,000 shredders fitted with scanners and wireless transmitters, according to law-enforcement sources. As confidential documents are fed in, they're scanned, and the info is sent to an e-mail address. The FBI won't say boo. Lawmen suspect the nefarious shredder was developed by an Eastern European intelligence outfit. Just the gift for the exec who has everything...the competition wants.


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