Title

A 2011 investigation into remnant data on second hand memory cards sold in Australia

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Edith Cowan University

Editor(s)

Dr Andrew Woodward and Professor Craig Valli

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Computer and Security Science / Security Research Centre (secAU)

RAS ID

12279

Comments

This article was originally published as: Szewczyk, P. S., & Sansurooah, K. (2011). A 2011 investigation into remnant data on second hand memory cards sold in Australia. Paper presented at the Australian Digital Forensics Conference. Perth, Western Australia. Original article available here

Abstract

The use of memory cards is widely used in numerous electronic devices including tablet computers, cameras, mobile phones and multimedia devices. Like a USB drive, memory cards are an inexpensive and portable persistent storage solution. Numerous manufactures are incorporating a memory card interface into their product, allowing for a large array of confidential data to be stored. This research aimed to determine the sensitivity, type and amount of data that remained on second hand memory cards post sale. In 2011, over an eight month period, 119 second hand memory cards were randomly purchased from eBay Australia. The findings from the research show that individuals utilise memory cards to store highly sensitive and confidential data, and as per similar previous studies, continually neglect to permanently destroy the data prior to sale.

DOI

10.4225/75/57b3ab8ffb85d

Access Rights

free_to_read

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.4225/75/57b3ab8ffb85d