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Wipe clean computers before re-use

A warning has gone out to people to ensure they completely wipe their computers before sending them for recycling.

Following on from the case of important Ministry of Defence secrets being found on a computer left at a rubbish dump, not-for-profit organisation Digital Links International is urging businesses to wipe their computers before sending them for re-use.

Digital Links International chief executive David Sogan said: "It's imperative that people face up to their responsibilities, not only to ensure that their electrical equipment is disposed of responsibly, but also that it is completely wiped to prevent the risk of identity theft fraud, the leaking of business information and terrorism.

The computer containing Ministry of Defence information was found in Hampshire and contained 70 top secret files.

Digital Links International provides refurbished computer equipment for people in the developed world.

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