New Jersey computers nearly auctioned off with sensitive data

    Imagine buying a computer from the state of New Jersey in a public auction and finding Social Security numbers, employee reviews and child abuse reports. if that’s what you were hoping for, today’s not your lucky day.

    State Comptroller Matthew Boxer says his auditors found three quarters of the computers sampled in the state’s surplus property warehouse had not been wiped clean of data before being readied for auction, the Associated Press reports.

    Among the findings on the computers, which were already shrink-wrapped and ready for auction, were a judge’s tax returns, state employees’ computer passwords and confidential child abuse reports.

    Feed the Feed: How would you react if you purchased an auctioned state computer that still had information on it?

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