[LINK] Self-erasing flash drives destroy court evidence

Tom Koltai tomk at unwired.com.au
Thu Mar 3 12:16:44 AEDT 2011

> -----Original Message-----
> From: link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au 
> [mailto:link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Steven Clark
> Sent: Thursday, 3 March 2011 10:35 AM
> To: link at mailman.anu.edu.au
> Subject: Re: [LINK] Self-erasing flash drives destroy court evidence
> On 03/03/11 09:45, Roger Clarke wrote:
> > At 9:55 +1100 3/3/11, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> >> Self-erasing flash drives destroy court evidence
> >> 'Golden age' of forensics coming to close
> >> By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
> >> Posted in ID, 1st March 2011
> >> The Register 
> >> 
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/01/self_d>
> >> /
> > ...
> >> Data stored [in solid-state memory] is [able to be] permanently 
> >> erased ...
> > So, normal service is resumed.
> >
> > Recoverability of nominally deleted data was an incidental 
> feature of
> > magnetic recording media, different from rocks, vellum 
> (remember the 
> > palimpsest!) and paper.
> >
> > The feature will fade away as magnetic media fades away.
> >
> > To co-opt one of the great advertising lines:
> >
> >         'What part of 'delete' don't you understand?'.
> i predict that this will accelerate demands from certain 
> interests for 'data retention' laws.
> -- 
> Steven R Clark

Actually Steven, I also have a prediction. I predict that suddenly
Governments will be mandating huge numbers of these drives be installed
throughout all Government Archives.
Further I predict that current work will be on flash drives and only
moved to magnetic media ONCE the incumbents are re-elected for an
additional term.


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BTW, has anyone investigated the effect of solar flares on NAND memory ?

I think we need to urgently start a campaign that all of Government
needs to be backed up on Traditional hard disks until at least 2050. (By
which time on demand Organic [crystal based - think salt] holographic
memory modules will be commonplace.)


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