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#1 ColynnJ



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Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:51 PM

It has been reported that Drexel University security investigators are claiming that they have been successful in pulling classified owner information from the hard drives of older models of the Microsoft Xbox 360’s gaming system. Allegedly, the researchers have stated that, even though the units had been reset to their original factory settings, they were able to recover sensitive owner information, like folders, files and essential credit card data. This was reportedly accomplished by utilizing a basic modding device which they had downloaded and is readily available online at no cost.

According to reports, Microsoft must first establish whether all models of the Xbox 360 and the USB devices used in the transfer of profiles, collect and store user data. In addition, it has been reported that Microsoft will need to determine why the factory reset procedure is not successful in the deletion of this critical information and how their customers can safeguard personal account information if they choose to sell their units. It has allegedly been recommended that, if you are considering selling your console, you should format the HDD by using software that transcribes 1’s and 0’s straight to them.

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