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Trash that wasnít

by Nikola Strahija on October 18th, 2004 When dutch public prosecutor Joost Tonino dumped his old computer, that he hasnít used for over two years and taught was infected with a virus, he wasnít aware what he had done.

A taxi driver found the PC on the street just outside Tonino's home, got it working again and informed a crime reporter, who revealed on television what was on the hard disk. Not only did it contain sensitive information about criminal investigations in Amsterdam, but it also held Toninoís email address, credit card number, social security number and personal tax files, so the reporter had no trouble gaining acces to prosecutorís email account.

Thatís how the trash that wasnít revealed numerous interesting information, in between also hundreds of files about murdered real estate owner Willem Endstra, former Philips CEO Cor Boonstra (who was accused of insider dealing) and an investigation over allegations that soccer team Ajax avoided paying millions of dollars in taxes.

The prosecutors stupidity didnít lead to any serious trouble, although the taxi driver could have sold the information to criminals, who would have paid a fortune for it.

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