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Second-Hand USBs Purchased on eBay Expose Personal and Financial Information of Users

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Nov
2020
Second-Hand USBs Purchased on eBay Expose Personal and Financial Information of Users

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More than two-thirds of second-hand USBs purchased from auction platforms such as eBay contain private and sensitive information belonging to their previous owners, according to researchers at Abertay University.

An analysis of 100 USB drives purchased from the e-commerce website revealed 75,000 files with personal and financial information, cataloged in three categories:

  • Low sensitivity such as evidence of downloaded videos, Operating System Boot/Installation Drives (Microsoft Windows), student work, and promotional and press release materials

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