Data Breach Issues with Copy Machines

April 26th, 2010 by admin Leave a reply »

Do you ever think that the copy machines which you use for xerox and photocopies can every cause a security risk? A few days back CBS had reported in a video the story about the data security inside digital photocopiers.

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However, in a flip turn according to reports by Healthcare Info Security the Affinity Health Plan has notified more than 409,000 customers of a personal information breach which has led to leakage of information stored on hard drives of leased copy machines.

According to Abenaa Abboa-Offei, senior vice president of customer and community connections at Affinity, “Like many organizations across the country, we were not aware copy machines contained hard drives that need to be wiped”.

Apparently, it is the digital photocopiers which are affected by the problem and it is caused due to their working mechanism.

Nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive – like the one on your personal computer – storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine.

They scan a page, then store the image on a hard disk and then make copies off that image. This results in reduced failure and improved efficiency. The only catch is that digital photocopier can be breached in the same way just like a normal laptop.

Although there hasn’t been any compromise on the information, incidents like these need to be treaded with caution.

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