Copier security: The newest LP threat you’ve never heard of

clipped from blog.nrf.com

The CBS investigation found that nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive, much like the one on your personal computer. These drives store images of every document copied, scanned, or emailed from the machine.

One of the copiers contained payroll records, including social security numbers. According to a follow-up story, because of medical privacy laws, Affinity was required to then file a breach notification to state and federal regulators and notify all of its clients and anyone who might have ever had information on Affinity copy machines, including current and former employees.

Apparently there is an option available on most copiers to encrypt or erase the data. I’m sure most IT folks can figure out how to wipe the drive (or find a good sledgehammer).

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