Wednesday, 20 May 2015 00:00

The retrieving private data from an old Xbox 360

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It is not the easiest thing in the world to delete the private data from Xbox 360. Researchers from the Drexel University in Philadelphia revealed that even factory reset does not delete the information on the holder's bank card and other confidential data from the hard drive, so that intruders can retrieve such data from the second-hand console purchased from hand to hand or on eBay.

Security researcher Ashley Podhradsky told in his interview with Kotaku, that the Microsoft company is to blame for such data leakage, whose experts have not sufficiently worked out a reliable mechanism for user data removal, while they protect their own proprietary information in most reliable way.

Podgradski and his colleagues purchased a reconditioned Xbox 360 console from a Microsoft-authorized seller. They downloaded a common hacking set for modding to get access to the system, including files and folders on the hard drive. After some manipulation, they were able to get credit card information of the original owner.

Podgradski says that he is not an expert in such operations, but the comparative ease, with which it was possible to retrieve data, suggests that skilled hackers have been already churning such procedure out and practicing bank data retrieva from old consoles at wholesale.

The expert advises: if you want to sell your old console, you'd better take the hard drive out, connect it to a PC and use the known utility software to delete information completely (not just format the HDD). For example, the Boot & Nuke (DBAN) utility will work fine.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:56
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