[ISN] Government data found on memory sticks

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/technology/government-data-found-on-memory-sticks/story-e6frgakx-1226773129880 AAP 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.” […]