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Information Leakage Through Second Hand Usb Flash Drives within the United Kingdom
Chaerani W, Clarke NL, Bolan C
Australian Digital Forensics Conference, Perth, Australia, 5-7 December, 2011

The pervasiveness of flash based USB storage alongside increasing capacity and lowering price points has lead to a documented potential for information leakage. Such a potential is significantly raised when employees are able to use personal devices within a business environment with little regard to safe disposal practices. This study purchased a range of USB storage devices from UK based auction sites to determine what if any data was recoverable. The study found a total of 36136 recoverable files including a range of data detailing private information of previous owners, confidential corporate data, with twenty percent of the purchased USB devices securely wiped before sale.

Chaerani W, Clarke NL, Bolan C