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The 2008 Australian study of remnant data contained on 2nd hand hard disks: the saga continues
Australian Digital Forensics Conference
  • Craig Valli, Edith Cowan University
  • Andrew Woodward, Edith Cowan University
Publication Date
3-12-2008
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Publisher
School of Computer and Information Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
Abstract

This study looked for remnant data on enterprise level hard drives that were purchased through auctions. The drives were analysed for information, be it topical or formatted. In the event that drives were formatted, forensic tools were used to recover this data. This years study revealed a high level of not simply un-erased drives, but drives which contained information that related to critical infrastructure providers. That such a small sample size yielded such a high rate of un-erased drives is of considerable concern, and it may be necessary for the government to become involved.

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Originally published in the Proceedings of the 6th Australian Digital Forensics Conference, Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia, December 3rd 2008.

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Citation Information
Craig Valli and Andrew Woodward. "The 2008 Australian study of remnant data contained on 2nd hand hard disks: the saga continues" (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/craig_valli/86/