10 Head-Slapping Data Breaches

By Jordan Robertson - 2013-02-11T19:57:20Z

Photograph by Lebazele

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Put a Hole in It

When the city of Macon sold some old computers, it forgot an important step.

The machines' hard drives weren't erased, which meant the buyers found a trove of sensitive data, including the names and Social Security numbers of police officers, according to The Telegraph, a newspaper in Georgia. Fortunately, the buyers turned over the 39 hard drives, two computer servers and two central processing units to authorities.

Georgia has a remedy that's meant to prevent such disclosures: By law, hard drives containing sensitive data usually must have holes drilled in them before they're discarded or sold, according to the paper.

An investigator with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office responsible for the case did not respond to a request for comment.

Here's hoping that the next time Macon decides to sell old computers, they don't forget the power drill.