Have you ever sold your old Xbox 360 console, or even just the hard drive? If so, you should keep a close eye on your bills and credit reports, because it turns out hackers can snag the credit card numbers you used to buy those cute little avatar outfits. Researchers at Drexel University have found that even after a factory reset, your personal information remains on the drive, waiting to be taken by hackers using common tools.
The sad fact is Microsoft is very good at protecting important data, that is, as long as they own it. It would seem this generation of home video game consoles just can’t resist “leaving the keys in the lock” on your personal data, as demonstrated by last year’s hack of Sony’s PSN. The worst part is, if you want to sell or give away your Xbox hard drive, you have to rig it to a computer, then use a utility designed to wipe the data from hard drives in order to destroy your personal information on the drive. On the bright side, however, Xbox fanboys have officially lost bragging rights about security after the PSN scandal.
In a classic example of “how could they every find out it was me?”, a man called in a fake gas leak to see if his girlfriend was hiding another lover in her home. It turns out that telling your girlfriend that you are going to do this, repeatedly, and trying to break into her house just before the call comes in are not great ways to hide your soon-to-be attempted break-in. Sadly the story does not tell if the man was correct in assuming that his girlfriend had someone in there.
Strangely this reminds me of a story from one of Kevin Smith’s Podcasts when he was talking about Jason Mewes (Jay to his Silent Bob) whispering for him to be quiet, looking in the crack under the door, and randomly walking into his sleeping girlfriends room to see if there was a guy hiding in there. Now in Jay’s defense he was out of his mind on heroin, and possibly other drugs, and all of that stuff probably made a world of sense to him at the time–Kevin Smith said that he was very convincing about the whole matter. I am guessing that something like that is probably at play here too, seeing as the guy does not have a phone number, and probably without famous friends to back him up on the possible logic of it.
Source: AP (Via Daily Harald)