Hackers can recover credit card information from any Xbox 360 HDD
Microsoft has done a piss poor job of protecting our information from hackers, as a new report reveals that once a user has logged personal information on an Xbox 360 hard drive, it can be accessed indefinitely. Even if you had re-formatted the console hard drive and set it to factory settings. The report comes from Ashley Podhradsky of Drexel University who says Microsoft did a good job protecting its own information, but not the information of users.
They discovered the issue by actually performing the hack themselves using a basic modding tool. There is little to protect casual users from this, butAshley also recommends hooking an old HDD up to your PC and using a sanitation program like Darik’s Boot & Nuke. My solution is to throw that old hard drive in a furnace. Considering I have thrown out at least two 20GB drives, this pretty much sucks.