This whole thing really bothers me and I'm certainly no privacy nut.
I kind of gave up on the privacy thing once I came online. All you can do is take preventive measures to maintain some form of privacy which can be very difficult to do for some, myself included.
But, this is something that it appears few of us have given much thought too. Including that warehouse in New Jersey who is shipping containers of used copiers to unknown buyers in Argentina and Singapore, there should be criminal charges filed against the folks involved with this.
According to the video, it takes about 30 minutes to remove the hard drive. I wonder how many HDs have been covertly replaced over the years only to turn up in the hands of a miscreant?
We're to blame too. Since I first posted this topic, I've sent out emails to select people in my network alerting them to the issue. Not a single one of them knew about an HD in their commercial copiers. These are business owners so it may be safe to say that the person responsible for the equipment is aware of best practices security measures. Ya, imagine that. :(
Aren't most copiers, and the hard drives within, made in China?