Throughout the PSN security scare last year, Xbox owners were either breathing a sigh of relief or vocally deriding their PlayStation counterparts. Well, given some info dug up by Kotaku, perhaps they should have waited – it seems stored credit card details aren’t as safe as previously thought on the 360.
A researcher from Drexel University (nope, we’ve never heard of it either) spoke to Kotaku and told them that they had managed to uncover users card data using a supposedly refurbished and wiped hard drive and some basic modding tools. Reading between the lines it seems that if these researchers can obtain the data, professional hackers might just be able to do the same thing.
It appears that just formatting the hard drive on your old system isn’t enough. Ashley Podhradsky of the research team said; “I think Microsoft has a longstanding pattern of this. When you go and reformat your computer, like a Windows system, it tells you that all of your data will be erased. In actuality that’s not accurate—the data is still available… so when Microsoft tells you that you’re resetting something, it’s not accurate.”
Kotaku contacted Microsoft for a comment on these findings. The computing giant responded that they were “investigating” the claims.