The computer in question was bought for £35 off the auction site, and apparently came pre-loaded with user data from the Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest. Both banks have confirmed that the data is indeed genuine, and mostly took the form of credit applications, accompanied by account numbers, phone numbers and those all-important to global security mothers’ maiden names.
If you want to launch a nuke strike against Russia, all you need is George W Bush’s mother’s maiden name. And that’s probably already on the internet.
Anyway. Credit histories. On a PC. Bought on eBay. How very boring. Personal photo collections are what you really want to find on a used PC. Very personal. The ones deemed Too Personal for Flickr. The ones that would cause you to be shunned by the local community should they end up on Facebook.
I’d definitely bid an extra 20% if I was promised some quality personal material from the previous owner was going to be accidentally left on the drive. You can keep your boring banking details. No one’s got any money left these days anyway.