The CBS report aired April 15,
2010 and is posted on the CBS News Web site. It said, "Nearly
every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive - like the
one on your personal computer - storing an image of every document
copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine."
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The report showed how
in a matter of thirty minutes, hard disk drives were removed from a
number of used photo copiers which were purchased for about $300 each.
The drives were then connected to a personal computer running data
retrieving software that was available free on the internet.
In a matter of 12 hours the software had extracted personal information,
social security numbers, medical records and company checks.
One of the photocopiers came from a police department and contained
confidential criminal records.
A spokesperson from
the Xerox Corporation told TruthOrFiction.com that their company has
been aware of this problem and developed a solution to wipe documents
from mass storage devices using a feature called "Image Overwrite."
This is a feature that electronically shreds information stored on
internal hard disk drives. The company website has information posted on
this features that has been installed in Xerox equipment since 2008.
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