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Over 22,000 USB sticks lost at UK dry cleaners

25th July 2017 | News | charlie@media-street.co.uk

A recent study undertaken by security company ESET has found that over 22,000 personal USB sticks and mobile phones were left in pockets of garments sent to British dry cleaners in 2015.

22000 USB sticks lost at the dry cleaners

While this is clearly quite annoying for their owners, it also poses a potential security risk if important or confidential information is lost or damaged.

Fortunately, many of these USB flash drives are reunited with their owners without hassle; however, 45 percent of them are not, meaning that over 10,000 sticks were lost for good.

And it’s not just USB sticks…

ESET surveys 500 of the UK’s dry cleaning companies and also discovered that 973 mobile phones were left in dirty laundry. In one instance, a company found £1,600 in cash!

“It is a huge concern that so many devices are being completely forgotten about by their owners, particularly in light of the fact that stories about the loss of crucial information are creating news headlines every day,” explained Mark James, security specialist at ESET.

“Out of the 10,004 USBs that never got returned, one can assume that a high percentage of them would have contained sensitive corporate data. This, therefore, creates a potential risk for UK businesses because there is a high chance these devices have ended up in the hands of cyber criminals.”

So, the next time you send your clothes to the dry cleaners, be sure to check your pockets for USB sticks, mobile phones and cash!

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