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UK University Hard Drive Study Produces Disturbing Results

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An article on September 13th by Pete Warren, reporting for The Guardian newspaper (UK), describes how an annual study of computers obtained on the open market has turned up one containing sensitive patient information from the Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust. The particular hard drive was reportedly purchased on the auction website eBay.

According to the article, the study purchased hard drives from all over the world. Marathon Oil, based in Texas, also learned that two disks dealing with corporate data from its North Sea drilling operations were in this year's haul. "The policy at Marathon is that all disks are destroyed. We do not know how this got out there," says the company.

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