Credit Card Info, Porn Left on Pre-Owned Consoles

Credit Card Info, Porn Left on Pre-Owned Consoles

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Anyone who unloaded an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 during the dying days of Circuit City had best hope they deleted all their private information, including credit card numbers and home-made porn, because it turns out that Circuit City didn't.

Kotaku was contacted by a reader who works in a refurbishing facility that bought some of Circuit City's stock of pre-owned Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS and PSP systems when the company went under. The terms of the deal specified that the systems would be in working order, "with maybe a few components missing." It may or may not come as a surprise depending on your own particular bias toward the company but Circuit City apparently failed to live up to its end of the bargain: 217 of 227 Xbox 360 and 167 of 205 PlayStation 3 consoles received in the deal were "non-functioning."

Bad enough in itself, perhaps, but things got even uglier when the center started repairing and testing the consoles. When the systems were taken online to check their connectivity, many of them suddenly started popping up with friend requests, chat requests and invitations to play games. Technicians found friends lists, photos, "sexy home videos" and more - including credit card details.

That Circuit City didn't wipe the systems after taking them in or before shipping them out to other dealers isn't particularly surprising in light of the company's circumstances at the time. The final few days of Circuit City were probably something like the fall of Saigon and employee diligence, not one of the company's strong points even at the best of times from what I understand, would have gone completely out the window. The level of indifference would have been positively astronomical.

But there's enough responsibility to go around here and while the Circuit City's indifference is understandable, that of the people who brought these units in without wiping them clean first isn't. Let this be a lesson: This is your information and ultimately it is up to you, dear reader, to ensure it doesn't end up floating around out there like a dead goldfish flushed out to the sea. It's no excuse for Circuit City's big-time ball-drop but blithely trusting your sensitive and valuable data in the hands of large, faceless corporations is just begging for trouble.

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console gamers ...
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Haha this reminds me of the time when i was fixing a mate of mines xbox and he left the most horrible porn dvd in the tray hahaha people...

You know, I went to the mall yesterday, and I saw Circuit City closed. And I thought to myself "Wow. Once one of the biggest electronics companies in America, reduced to but ashes."

Did their Customer Service suck this much before?

Who the hell records "sexy home movies" with their Playstation Eye?

Though, to be honest, I have looked up porn on my PS3 so I could watch on the 68" living room TV. Yeah.

Malygris:
But there's enough responsibility to go around here and while the Circuit City's indifference is understandable, that of the people who brought these units in without wiping them clean first isn't. Let this be a lesson: This is your information and ultimately it is up to you, dear reader, to ensure it doesn't end up floating around out there like a dead goldfish flushed out to the sea. It's no excuse for Circuit City's big-time ball-drop but blithely trusting your sensitive and valuable data in the hands of large, faceless corporations is just begging for trouble.

So true. You are absolutely right on this one.
I'd give you a Thumbs Up! sign if I could. But I can't. So I won't.

Krakyn:
Who the hell records "sexy home movies" with their Playstation Eye?

Though, to be honest, I have looked up porn on my PS3 so I could watch on the 68" living room TV. Yeah.

Thats classy man.

Even if they are going under they could at least try to wipe them but then again like you said it is our responsibly to wipe our systems.

Maybe a lot of the systems were stolen and traded in at Circuit City by the thieves.

Since you'd expect any right minded person to remove all their home-made porn and credit card details from their systems before trading them in, thievery is the only logical explanation (apart from "people are thick").

Actually, having a certain amount of experience in a related field, albeit with PCs rather than consoles, the sad, sad truth is that people are, indeed, "thick." Very, very, dangerously thick.

Thick, yes. PEBKAC wouldn't be the motto that it is if electronics users were in any way guaranteed competent.

<-Tech support for a large family. (my own)

Krakyn:
Who the hell records "sexy home movies" with their Playstation Eye?

Though, to be honest, I have looked up porn on my PS3 so I could watch on the 68" living room TV. Yeah.

I uhh... think you may need a bigger TV man.

And what's with all the spitting in porno these days? Who started that? What's wrong with them?

Ionami:

And what's with all the spitting in porno these days? Who started that? What's wrong with them?

Hey, times are tough all over, and lube's expensive.

Kwil:

Ionami:

And what's with all the spitting in porno these days? Who started that? What's wrong with them?

Hey, times are tough all over, and lube's expensive.

why don't they use natures lube =D lol

sorry user name taken.:

Kwil:

Ionami:

And what's with all the spitting in porno these days? Who started that? What's wrong with them?

Hey, times are tough all over, and lube's expensive.

why don't they use natures lube =D lol

Buying organic is always MORE expensive.

Krakyn:

sorry user name taken.:

Kwil:

Hey, times are tough all over, and lube's expensive.

why don't they use natures lube =D lol

Buying organic is always MORE expensive.

thats not what i had in mind...lol

Wow, there seems to be a whole secret world of home made porn via consoles. I feel as if I'm missing out. Microsoft aren't much better with data security though ;) I sent my Xbox to get repaired once (yup, it RRoD on me), and it returned with someone's Hard Disk, complete with player profile info. Oh Microsoft, how silly - although to be fair, they do say specifically NOT to send anything other than the console core and to remove the HD before hand.

sorry user name taken.:

Krakyn:

sorry user name taken.:

why don't they use natures lube =D lol

Buying organic is always MORE expensive.

thats not what i had in mind...lol

Heheh, I think I know what you mean, but lets not dwell before Google Image search reveals more delights, rofl.

Doug:
Wow, there seems to be a whole secret world of home made porn via consoles. I feel as if I'm missing out. Microsoft aren't much better with data security though ;) I sent my Xbox to get repaired once (yup, it RRoD on me), and it returned with someone's Hard Disk, complete with player profile info. Oh Microsoft, how silly - although to be fair, they do say specifically NOT to send anything other than the console core and to remove the HD before hand.

sorry user name taken.:

Krakyn:

Buying organic is always MORE expensive.

thats not what i had in mind...lol

Heheh, I think I know what you mean, but lets not dwell before Google Image search reveals more delights, rofl.

>.> do you know what i mean

i worked in ~cant say where~ and a customer came back pissed say that there was porn on a 360 he bought causing a big thang in the shop lol....

me: i can't find anything

chav:fucking is!

~looks again~

me: erm...no nothing..nuttun..nada..

~shows him~

chav:..ah..well...i deleted it...

~silence long stare knowing i cleared this fucking console before hand~

me:...riiiii---ght..

-___-

why do people want porn on consoles? hand helds i understand..~ahem~

sorry user name taken.:

Doug:
Wow, there seems to be a whole secret world of home made porn via consoles. I feel as if I'm missing out. Microsoft aren't much better with data security though ;) I sent my Xbox to get repaired once (yup, it RRoD on me), and it returned with someone's Hard Disk, complete with player profile info. Oh Microsoft, how silly - although to be fair, they do say specifically NOT to send anything other than the console core and to remove the HD before hand.

sorry user name taken.:

thats not what i had in mind...lol

Heheh, I think I know what you mean, but lets not dwell before Google Image search reveals more delights, rofl.

>.> do you know what i mean

I'm having a wild guess so I assume so ;)

sorry user name taken.:

i worked in ~cant say where~ and a customer came back pissed say that there was porn on a 360 he bought causing a big thang in the shop lol....

me: i can't find anything

chav:fucking is!

~looks again~

me: erm...no nothing..nuttun..nada..

~shows him~

chav:..ah..well...i deleted it...

~silence long stare knowing i cleared this fucking console before hand~

me:...riiiii---ght..

Well, chav's will be chavs. One day, we'll get to have them all keep out of the gene pool.

sorry user name taken.:

why do people want porn on consoles? hand helds i understand..~ahem~

*drum rolls again!*

Doug:

sorry user name taken.:

Doug:
Wow, there seems to be a whole secret world of home made porn via consoles. I feel as if I'm missing out. Microsoft aren't much better with data security though ;) I sent my Xbox to get repaired once (yup, it RRoD on me), and it returned with someone's Hard Disk, complete with player profile info. Oh Microsoft, how silly - although to be fair, they do say specifically NOT to send anything other than the console core and to remove the HD before hand.

Heheh, I think I know what you mean, but lets not dwell before Google Image search reveals more delights, rofl.

>.> do you know what i mean

I'm having a wild guess so I assume so ;)

sorry user name taken.:

i worked in ~cant say where~ and a customer came back pissed say that there was porn on a 360 he bought causing a big thang in the shop lol....

me: i can't find anything

chav:fucking is!

~looks again~

me: erm...no nothing..nuttun..nada..

~shows him~

chav:..ah..well...i deleted it...

~silence long stare knowing i cleared this fucking console before hand~

me:...riiiii---ght..

Well, chav's will be chavs. One day, we'll get to have them all keep out of the gene pool.

sorry user name taken.:

why do people want porn on consoles? hand helds i understand..~ahem~

*drum rolls again!*

actually didnt think i was making a pun lol ~pats herself on the back~

What?! My Xbox stores my card details? How?!

If I remove the harddrive, am I safe?

Honestly, I'm pretty jaded and right now I'm sort of embarrassed to admit that I never really thought about the potential of consoles for porn like that. Perhaps it answers the eternal question about the existance of hawt gamer girls (video evidence might exist!, quick call the Discovery channel).

Still though, it does surprise me that anyone would be complaining about this kind of thing to the stores. For older gamers they would probably consider it a "free bonus", for younger gamers the parents knew it was a free system and probably should have been checking out the HD and/or simply deleted anything that turned out to be a problem.

The credit card information is a matter of stupidity though.

OFF the subject of porno, I'd actually think that one of the selling point of a used system would be any DLC that was on the Hard Drive since it can be accessed (albeit not re-downloaded) using any gamer tag. If you've say got $100 worth of Arcade games on your 360 I'd imagine if you sell it used via Ebay or whatever that would let you raise the asking price [shrugs].

 

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