HDDs Believed to Contain Kanagawa Pref. Documents Sold Online

Society Politics

Yokohama, Dec. 6 (Jiji Press)--Hard disk drives believed to contain large amounts of data managed by Kanagawa Prefecture, including personal information, were auctioned off online, the prefectural government said Friday.

An employee of information device recycling company Broadlink Co., commissioned to erase the data and dispose of the HDDs, fraudulently took and sold the devices on an online auction site without deleting the data, according to the prefecture just south of Tokyo.

Of the 18 HDDs sold, nine were collected. The recovered disks stored personal information such as vehicle tax statements.

Meanwhile, the whereabouts of the other nine remain unknown. Their combined storage capacities are 27 terabytes.

The 18 HDDs were part of a server used to manage administrative documents.

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