Study also produces sensitive data from Ford Motor, Laura Ashley, and other businesses

For the fourth straight year, researchers at the University of Glamorgan in Scotland have turned up surprisingly sensitive data — including details of test-launch procedures for a U.S. defense missile — by buying secondhand PCs.

Although the official data from this year’s study has not yet been released, the research team, which included Edith Cowan University of Australia and BT, revealed some early results yesterday in news reports by the BBC and British television affiliates.

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In subway survey, 37 percent of workers say they could be bought

Would you sell your company’s secrets to a stranger for $1.5 million? More than one-third of employees surveyed last week said they would — and some of them said they’d do it for less.

In their annual visit to London’s railway stations, researchers from the InfoSecurity Europe conference asked 600 commuters whether they’d sell their company’s sensitive data in exchange for various forms of compensation. Last year, the researchers got many railway riders to give up their passwords for a chocolate bar.

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