Tastes Like Chicken: Industrial Shredder Eats PCs, Peripherals

Data leaked from lost, stolen or recycled IT equipment is a major, major issue. News reports about the reams of data that can be retrieved from the hard drives and memory of second hand PCs are nothing new. Organizations like the IEEE have been calling attention to the insecure storage of data for more than a decade. Enterprising reporters have subsequently found that all kinds of devices – from discarded cell phones to printers and scanners – might continue to carry.

Computer shredderData leaked from lost, stolen or recycled IT equipment is a major, major issue. News reports about the reams of data that can be retrieved from the hard drives and memory of second hand PCs are nothing new. Organizations like the IEEE have been calling attention to the insecure storage of data for more than a decade. Enterprising reporters have subsequently found that all kinds of devices – from discarded cell phones to printers and scanners – might continue to carry. Just last month, the State of New Jersey came within a hair’s breadth of selling state-owned equipment at auction that was found to contain scads of sensitive data, including State files on abused children and foster children, state employee evaluations, tax returns, the passwords to computer systems and individuals’ Social Security Numbers.

But, as we all know, wiping old equipment of the data it contains is a laborious and imperfect process, at best. That’s why I really can’t thank Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure enough for passing along this video of a tidy solution: a mindless, automated PC and peripheral-eating monster, courtesy of the German firm JBF. Judging by the video, this Zerkleinerungstechnik (recycling technology) can digest just about anything: steel PC towers, routers, cooling fans, hard drives, you name it. You could spend a day in the server room degaussing your drives, or hire a couple out of work college students to pitch those old machines into the ravenous maw of theJBF 70/74 and let that bad boy do its work!  You know what the right answer is, too, don’t you?!

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Discussion

  • Peter H on

    Sadly, this machine leaves you with another problem... safe disposal of the shredded parts. Computer equipment may contain all kinds of hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, and mercury. Just shredding everything together makes the whole mess quite a bit more difficult to dispose of properly and safely.

  • Anonymous on

    Now that's my idea of a shredder.   I wonder if it could do a car too?

  • David on

    Must have been inspired by the log chippers that tree service people haul around to grind up the branches they cut down with their chain saws.

  • Anonymous on

    That looks like that will do the job... There is no oops I made a mistake I need that back, either... nice article.

  • Anonymous on

    This is nauseating!  If you must, shred your hard disks, but please don't turn usable components and recyclable materials into undifferentiated scrap!

  • Emily on

    We have all had days when, had this machine been in our basement, we would have made use of it rashly.

  • EWAdams on

    There are much larger versions of the same thing that can do whole cars. Type Industrial Shredder into YouTube and watch the fun. It's pretty impressive to see one eating an engine block.

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