Cellular phone are very small devices that keep very big secrets. When you throw away your cell phones think about the data still on it
A company, Trust Digital of McLean, Virginia, bought 10 different phones on eBay this summer to test phone-security tools it sells for businesses. The phones all were fairly sophisticated models capable of working with corporate e-mail systems.
Curious software experts at Trust Digital resurrected information on nearly all the used phones, including the racy exchanges between guarded lovers.
The other phones contained:
- One company’s plans to win a multimillion-dollar federal transportation contract.
- E-mails about another firm’s $50,000 payment for a software license.
- Bank accounts and passwords.
- Details of prescriptions and receipts for one worker’s utility payments.
The recovered information was equal to 27,000 pages — a stack of printouts 8 feet high.
“We found just a mountain of personal and corporate data,” said Nick Magliato, Trust Digital’s chief executive.