[clug] An old debate: Forensics study of cleaning old disk drives sold on e-bay

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Thu Feb 26 10:32:04 GMT 2009

An ongoing interest in this list:


These people bought 100 drives old drives off e-bay and 40% contained
'sensitive' information.

They specifically didn't buy drives flagged as being 'erased'.

Most new SATA. Sizes 40-300Gb.

"Kessler International offered this breakdown of the kind of data it
retrieved: Personal and confidential documents, including financial
information, 36%; e-mails, 21%; photos, 13%; corporate documents. 11%;
Web browsing histories, 11%; DNS server information, 4%; miscellaneous
data, 4%."

"We were more concerned with searching for people's identification,
which is what we found, but we were surprised by all the corporate
spreadsheets and business finance records we found," Kessler said.

Steve Jenkin, Info Tech, Systems and Design Specialist.
0412 786 915 (+61 412 786 915)
PO Box 48, Kippax ACT 2615, AUSTRALIA

sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au http://members.tip.net.au/~sjenkin

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