BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It's a brewing scandal rocking Buffalo City Hall. Confidentialpolice information was discovered on a discarded copier. So who'sto blame?
John Johnson of Digital Copier Security said, "We got somedocuments here in the glass. This machine came from Buffalo PoliceSex Crimes Division."
CBS News Investigators set out to prove how easy it is to findconfidential information in old digital copiers. They bought fourof them in this New Jersey warehouse. Two of them turned out to beold Buffalo Police copiers. One still had detailed domesticviolence complaints and a list of wanted sex offenders in the harddrive. The other had a list of suspects from an Operation Impactdrug raid three years ago. We tried to ask the Mayor about it.
Mayor's Spokesman Peter Cutler said, "It's in the hands of legalright now."
George Richert asked, "But I mean, Mayor, can you even saywhether you're concerned about this at all? There's got to be morethan two of these digital copiers that weren't fully scrubbed. Areyou concerned at all that there's more out there?"
Mayor Brown said, "I think we're gonna wait for the informationto get back."
Richert asked, "Do you know that there's more than two?"
Mayor Brown responded, "No, no clue."
Cutler added, "We're doing a whole review of that."
City Attorney Diane O'Gorman sent this letter to CBS Newssaying, "Our department was unaware that confidential informationwas being retained on hard drives of copiers that we had leasedfrom Toshiba, which Toshiba then re-leased or sold." O'Gorman tellsNews 4 the agreement was between Toshiba and the city's purchasingdepartment, but it's still unclear who was responsible for erasingthe data. Richard Hermann services digital copiers and says itshould be a wake up call for any company or government agency.
Richard Hermann of TC Technologies said, "My guess is today thatat least 50 percent of all office machines, printers, and what notare put out to pasture without having their memory purged of eveninvestigated."
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