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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
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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- Government data found on memory sticks InfoSec News (Dec 03)