Articles about Data Destruction

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You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives

Users are unwittingly selling sensitive and unencrypted data alongside their devices through the likes of eBay and Craigslist. Secure data erasure firm Blancco Technology Group (BTG) purchased 200 second-hand hard disk drives and solid state drives before conducting a forensic analysis to find out what data was recoverable. …
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2016

Linux Foundation releases PARANOID internal infosec guide

Linux Foundation project director Konstantin Ryabitsev has publicly-released the penguinistas' internal hardening requirements to help sysadmins and other paranoid tech bods and system administrators secure their workstations. The baseline hardening recommendations are designed that balance security and convenience for its …
Darren Pauli, 31 Aug 2015
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WANTED: A plan to DESTROY metadata, not just retain it

Australia's data retention proposal suggests the nation's telcos and ISPs need to store data for two years. But agencies accessing the data can seemingly keep it forever and are not, to date, required to securely store or destroy data they retrieve from the nation's putative data trove of personal information, miscalled " …

RSA booked TV's Stephen Colbert to give the final speech. This is what happened next

RSA 2014 Comedian Stephen Colbert closed down the RSA 2014 conference in San Francisco on Friday with a characteristically smart yet snarky roasting for his hosts, the NSA, and Edward Snowden. "RSA developed this conference in 1991 as a forum for cryptographers to gather and talk shop, and I assume breed with one another. Of course …
Iain Thomson, 01 Mar 2014 fines itself harshly for hurling NHS records to the winds

A defunct NHS board has been posthumously fined £200,000 after thousands of patients' records were found on a second-hand computer sold on eBay. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) slapped NHS Surrey with the fine because they failed to ensure that 3,000 records were wiped off a computer before it was flogged. A member …
Jasper Hamill, 15 Jul 2013
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New Tosh drive can wipe out 4TB 'near instantaneously'

Toshiba has whipped out its own enterprise-class 4TB hard drive just days after Western Digital revealed a 4TB disk. Toshiba 4TB MG Series Toshiba's 4TB MG series Tosh will build the rival drive at the 3.5-inch disk factory it bought from WD. Western Digital had to sell the plant in order to placate China's MOFCOM …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2012
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Xbox 360 credit card slurp alert under fire

Doubts have arisen over claims that credit card numbers and other personal information can be recovered from used Xbox 360 consoles - even after users take the precaution of restoring their kit to its factory settings. Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia bought a refurbished Xbox 360 from a Microsoft-authorised …
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2012

Binned PCs were stuffed with MoD and Sun staffers' privates

Updated Security researchers have found personal records of Sun newspaper and MoD staff on the hard drives of discarded or resold computers. The study, The ghosts from the machines: A history of 10 years of carelessly discarded data, found that both businesses and consumers are getting rid of old PCs without wiping them clean. …
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2011
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Oz-US ANZUS treaty adds infowar co-operation

As their long-standing ANZUS treaty reaches its sixtieth birthday, Australia and America have decided to extend their co-operation into the virtual space. According to Reuters, the decision was made in discussions between the two countries this week. The extension of the treaty would mean that a cyber-attack on either country …
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Gov will spend £400k to destroy ID card data

Taxpayers will finally see some value for money out of the former goverment's ID card scheme. The cost of destroying the personal data collected under the ill-starred programme will be a mere £400,000, Home Office minister Damian Green revealed yesterday. The figure came in a commons reply to Paul Goggins MP, who'd asked what …
Joe Fay, 20 Jan 2011
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Trust and risk in the cloud

Hosted apps Stick enough kit and multi-tenant software in one huge data centre and there is no arguing with the economies of scale that can be achieved. Megahosters like Google and Microsoft playing this game can deliver web search capability and online consumer services such as email, office and social networking tools at minimal cost per …
Dale Vile, 15 Dec 2010

How can the storage industry prevent cloud bursts?

Comment If you send your data to the cloud today you might be sure of a big surprise: it could vanish. SwissDisk users know this and T-Mobile Sidekick users know that Microsoft is quite capable of losing their data, too. Stephen Foskett is Director of Consulting at cloud storage provider Nirvanix. He writes: Subpar offerings from flaky …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2009

Man jailed over air traffic control IT kit eBay scam

An engineer who sold £58,000 of kit stolen from the UK's National Air Traffic Control Centre on eBay to pay off a credit card debt was jailed for 15 months on Monday. Andrew Woffinden, 43, of Fareham, Hampshire, a former IT worker with Serco, turned criminal in order to pay off his wife's credit card bills. During a sentencing …
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2009
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Defense-contract discs sold in African market for $40

Dumped hard drives with US defense data have turned up for open sale in a West African market. A team of Canadian journalism students bought a hard drive containing information on multi-million dollar contracts between military contractor Northrop Grumman and the Pentagon for just $40 in a market near Accra, Ghana. The exercise …
John Leyden, 25 Jun 2009
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Missile data, medical records found on discarded hard disks

A third (34 per cent) of discarded hard disk drives still contain confidential data, according to a new study which unearthed copies of hospital records and sensitive military information on eBayed kit. The study, sponsored by BT and Sims Lifecycle Services and run by the computer science labs at University of Glamorgan in Wales …
John Leyden, 07 May 2009
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Hire your very own Fred the Shred

Infosec: DiskShred Ltd and Secure IT Disposals have both introduced services guaranteeing storage device destruction involving lorry-borne industrial grade shredders turning up at your site, chewing up disk and tape drives and grinding them to bits. Both were at InfoSecurity 2009 with bits of hard drives in boxes to show what they can do …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2009
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Pink-slipped sysadmin admits to threatening ex-employer's network

A system administrator has admitted he threatened to cause extensive damage to his former employer's computer system after he was laid off. Viktor Savtyrev, 29, of Old Bridge, New Jersey, worked as a sysadmin for five years at an unnamed mutual fund company located in New York City that managed more than $15bn, according to …
Dan Goodin, 27 Apr 2009
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Take a hammer to your hard drive, shrieks Which?

Which? Computing has lost faith in wiping technology and advised punters to take a hammer to hard discs they intend to get rid of. Reg readers and experts have slammed the advice as misguided and irresponsible. The possibility that dodgy sorts might be able to recover deleted data with the help of specialist software from PCs or …
John Leyden, 08 Jan 2009
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Cloud computing lets Feds read your email

When the new iPhone 3G went on sale last week, I was sorely tempted to wait in line for one. (I didn't - no patience.) One of the features of Apple's device that appeals to me is the new MobileMe service, where you can "access and manage your email, contacts, calendar, photos, and files at," according to Apple. More …
Mark Rasch, 20 Aug 2008
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Security flap as Scottish council loses USB key

Pay details of scores of workers of Perth and Kinross Council has been found on a memory stick left in the street. The security lapse could have exposed workers to ID theft, the Perth Advertiser reports. The breach emerged after a USB key containing 59 documents, many from the council's Environmental Services Department, were …
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2007

Afghan market sells US military flash drives

Purloined flash drives containing classified US military secrets have turned up for sale in a bazaar in Afghanistan. Shopkeepers in the marketplace in Bagram claim the kit was sold to them by cleaners, garbage collectors and other local workers at the nearby US airbase. The LA Times reports that flash memory drives from the …
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2006

MoD suppliers' laptop turns up on rubbish tip

An Oxfordshire-based security company claims to have found sensitive MoD-related files on a laptop bought from council rubbish dump. The partner of a back-office worker at penetration testing outfit SecureTest bought the IBM Thinkpad laptop for £80 from a colleague at a council rubbish tip earlier this month. SecureTest staff …
John Leyden, 26 Apr 2005
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eBay bids for PC recycling glory

CES 2005 eBay is to tackle "e-waste": obsolete PCs that poison the environment when dumped in landfills. At CES yesterday the online auction giant announced the Rethink Initiative, to promote re-use and recycling. The centrepiece is a website that helps consumers and businesses learn about product disposal options, such as recycling and …
Jan Libbenga, 06 Jan 2005
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Prosecutor leaves crime files on dumped PC

Dutch public prosecutor Joost Tonino was condemned yesterday for putting his old PC out with the trash. It contained sensitive information about criminal investigations in Amsterdam, and also his email address, credit card number, social security number and personal tax files. Tonino dumped the computer, which he hadn't used for …
Jan Libbenga, 08 Oct 2004

Sita flogs WEEE ops to Oz recycling giant

Waste management firm Sita has sold its computer recycling business, MIREC, to Sims Group. Terms were undisclosed. Through the purchase, Sims Group, a publicly quoted Australian materials recycler, extends its reach from the UK to mainland Europe, where Eindhoven-based Mirec has operations or partnerships in 11 countries. The …
Drew Cullen, 05 Oct 2004
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SP2 on XP Home

Review Our previous article on the security disappointments of SP2 drew considerable criticism because we cited very poor service to the security needs of home users, although we tested it on XP Pro. In fairness, we felt it reasonable to repeat the procedure on XP Home, and note any differences. As before, we evaluated SP2 on a single …
Thomas C Greene, 17 Sep 2004

Working up an appetite for destruction

If you're interested in the sweep of history, as I am, then you really should find the time to read through Jacques Barzun's magisterial From Dawn To Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life: 1500 to the Present. In particular, Barzun delivers a wealth of telling anecdotes that perfectly illustrate a point he's trying to …
Scott Granneman, 15 Apr 2004
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Datawiping works (true)

Analysis The sedate world of PC disposal has been rocked by a study which suggest deficiencies in many commercial datawiping products. But were the tests fair? John Leyden reports. Tests on a string commercial datawiping products - which suggested that only one worked properly - have provoked a backlash from vendors: they question the …
John Leyden, 09 May 2002
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Win-XP denounced as terrorism tool

A computer forensics specialist warns that default security features in Windows-XP might bring civilization to its knees at the hands of pedophiles, tax cheats, and, of course, international terrorists. Forensics outfit New Technologies' President, Michael Anderson, a former Fed himself, is claiming that the secure file-wipe …
Thomas C Greene, 17 Oct 2001

Boffins predict uncrackabe quantum data tech

Japanese scientists at the country's telecoms ministry are proposing to use quantum mechanics to transmit data across next-but-one-generation networks. Quantum states are broadly analogous to the 1s and 0s of digital data. Right now, those binary bits are essentially transmitted as a waveform, with the peaks and troughs of the …
Tony Smith, 04 Jul 2000
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Boffins crack hard drive data destruction limit

Researchers at Fujitsu have developed a new hard disk technology that they reckon will cut the likelihood of data degradation by 80 per cent. And Fujitsu's Layer Exchange Interaction Stabilised (Lexis) technology will also provide a major boost drive capacities, the company claimed this week. Lexis is essentially a new magnetic …
Tony Smith, 04 May 2000