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Government data found on memory sticks
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2013 08:52:29 +0000 (UTC)


December 02, 2013

USED memory sticks being sold on the internet have been found to contain sensitive Australian government data, according to a new study.

The research paper, to be presented at a cyber security conference in Perth, reveals how researchers discovered the government information amongst a "treasure trove" of confidential material on the discarded memory sticks.

And the results have prompted authors Patryk Szewczyk and Krishnun Sansurooah, of the Security Research Institute at Perth's Edith Cowan University, to urge sellers to beware they are not handing over their secrets by taking money for old memory sticks.

"The results show that sellers are sending memory cards with no evidence of erasure, poor attempts to erase data - or simply asking the buyer to erase the data prior to use," the study concluded.

"The data recovered is not only of a personal nature, but also appears to originate from Australian government departments and business."


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