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Oops! Washington state disposes of old computers without wiping medical records, tax forms and other confidential information

Medical records. Social Security Numbers. Employee performance evaluations. Those were just some of the confidential records found on old computers that several agencies in Washington state were sending to surplus, violating policies for properly wiping computer hard drives, according to a new report from the Auditor’s Office. “With the right knowledge of data retrieval, the confidential information… Read More

Charles Brennick of InterConnection with one of the group's $149 refurbished laptops for low-income households.

Rewind: How to recycle those old computers in your attic

Our guest last weekend on the GeekWire podcast was Charles Brennick, the founder and director of InterConnection.  The nonprofit, located in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, refurbishes donated PCs and distributes them around the world to humanitarian organizations, nonprofits and other deserving groups. We had a fun time catching up with Charles, joking about all of the used computers… Read More

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Seattle trio accused of crazy high-tech crime spree

A federal grand jury indictment announced today against three Seattle men reads like the plot for a high-tech crime novel — accusing them of hacking into wireless networks using long-range antennas on a specially equipped vehicle, using lost and stolen laptops to gain access to corporate networks, burglarizing businesses to upload password-stealing malware, using that… Read More