HDD Theft Suspect Posted 3,900 Devices for Sale

Society

Tokyo, Dec. 9 (Jiji Press)--A man suspected of fraudulently taking hard disk drives containing data managed by the government of Kanagawa Prefecture, eastern Japan, has posted over 3,900 HDDs and other items for sale online, it was learned Monday.

Yuichi Takahashi, 51, a former employee of Tokyo-based data erasure company Broadlink Co., began putting HDDs and USB drives for sale on the auction website of Yahoo Japan Corp. and the online marketplace run by Mercari Inc. <4385> after he joined the company in 2016, according to the firm. Broadlink fired Takahashi last Friday.

Takahashi was arrested by Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department on Friday for stealing 12 HDDs that had been stored at the company's room for deleting data. While the HDDs are different from the Kanagawa-linked disks, he admitted taking memory devices related to the prefecture, according to informed sources.

The Kanagawa-linked disks contained large amounts of data, including personal information.

President Shoichi Sakaki and other Broadlink officials apologized for the incident at a press conference in Tokyo on Monday. The company said it only conducted surprise inspections of employees' belongings, designed to prevent items from being taken fraudulently, on an irregular basis.

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