Potential Release of Private Financial Data

An accounting firm wanted to upgrade their office desktop technology. In the process of replacing their old computers they 'cleaned' the hard drives as the manual suggested prior to throwing them out. A hacker recovered the discarded computers and restored the data on three of the hard drives. He then threatened to disclose the financial records of the firm's private clients. The firm bought back the hard drives from the hacker for a multi-million dollar fee.