Government computer headed for sale had confidential information
Topeka (KS) – Surplus government computers headed for public sale were discovered to have confidential information. The Kansas Department of Administration did an internal audit of 15 surplus machines and found that seven had confidential information; one even had the Social Security numbers of 2856 people. Auditors say most of the computers were simply reformatted and that a freeware undelete utility could have easily recovered the information.
More than 600 surplus computers were sold last year and the department doesn’t know how many of those machines still contained confidential info.