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40% of the hard drives sold on Ebay still hold personal & corp data

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jason

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Post Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:20 pm

40% of the hard drives sold on Ebay still hold personal & corp data

In a study by a forensics company in NY, 40% of the drives bought from Ebay still held personal or company data, including financial information and downloads from someone with a foot fetish. This is right on track with previous research that I've seen on the issue. It's that whole security mindset problem again.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/art ... src=kc_top
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Post Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:25 pm

Re: 40% of the hard drives sold on Ebay still hold personal & corp data

Here's the paper from Garfinkel that I was referring to:

http://www.computer.org/portal/cms_docs ... finkel.pdf
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Post Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:06 am

Re: 40% of the hard drives sold on Ebay still hold personal & corp data

Hiya Jason,

I am surprised its only 40% to be honest.
I have only bought 2 drives that were 2nd hand, both external USB HDs, and both had only had a high level wipe, and full partition recovery was possible.

I have not read the links, so not sure if you are saying they just hadnt been deleted, or no appropriate data destruction had taken place.

It all comes back to awareness and education.
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Post Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:53 am

Re: 40% of the hard drives sold on Ebay still hold personal & corp data

In both of the cases above, I believe, the data was completely intact. IIRC in the study that Garfinkel did, they even found an intact disk from an ATM machine.

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