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The Leftovers: A Data Recovery Study
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:17:08 GMT
I did a webinar a
while back with Paul Henry on “What One Digital Forensics Expert Found On
Hundreds of Hard Drives, iPhones and Android Devices” which was sponsored by
Blancco Technology Group who makes really cool data erasure software for
Blancco has released a
whitepaper, The Leftovers: A Data
Recovery Study, based on the same work that Paul did. To demonstrate just
how easy, common and dangerous it is when data is improperly removed before
used electronics are resold, Blancco Technology Group purchased a total of 200
used hard disk drives and solid state drives from eBay and Craigslist in
the first quarter of 2016.
Here are the top
findings from their study:
- 67 percent of the used
hard disk drives and solid state drives hold personally identifiable
information and 11 percent contain sensitive corporate data.
- Upon analyzing the 200
used drives, company emails were recovered on 9 percent of the drives, followed
by spreadsheets containing sales projections and product inventories (5
percent) and CRM records (1 percent).
- 36 percent of the used
HDDs/SSDs containing residual data had data improperly deleted from them by
simply dragging files to the ‘Recycle Bin’ or using the basic delete button.
Check out the paper
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