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Questions tagged [destruction]

Disposal of storage media, destroying the data stored on it. For the disposal of data, use the tag [deletion].

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Should a secure ATA erase be performed on a non-SSD drive?

When running the command hdparm -I /dev/sda the following output is generated. ATA device, with non-removable media Model Number: WDC WD10JPVX-75JC3T0 Serial ...
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Do all hard drives support Data Overlay Configuration (DCO) and Host Protected Area (HPA) for data sanitization?

In the absence of physical destruction of hard drives including flash and SSD (since they are often re-used in different parts of the business or re-purposed for donation), the hard drives are ...
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Brute forcing encryption password (self destruct after 4 attempts)

My colleague at work lost the password to his external hard drive (HDD not SSD), a WD Elements. He remembers that his password was simple and 8 characters maximum. The problem is the encryption ...
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Implement physical self-destruct for embedded hardware to prevent IP theft?

I want to design a piece of hardware for control of an industrial system. The system will be based on an ARM board running embedded Linux that will be in a custom case of some kind. I am interested in ...
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Will overwriting a file before deleting guarantee the destruction of the original file's data [duplicate]

Say I have a file I want to erase. Simply deleting it is not enough. It still resides in the recycle bin. Emptying the recycle bin does little as well, the actual data is not deleted just the pointer, ...
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Can I make my Micro SD card physically unreadable if I cut the card (including its pin section) apart with scissors?

I have a corrupted Micro SD card of which I saved the data already on my PC. I want to throw the Micro SD into the waste because it is bascially useless because my Windows phone gets nuts with it. ...
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How to you prevent accidental data/document leakage in a byod world?

As an employee in one of the now endless tech organisations that promote BYOD mobile and laptop devices, or devices in general that can be taken home and or used off premise, how do you prevent ...
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How do I securely dispose of a removable USB storage device from within an office?

How can I safely and securely dispose of a USB device at my workplace using only basic tools and objects commonly found in an office? I am unable to remove the device from the premises. I cannot ...
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What is a proper way of destroying data remotely?

After watching a Defcon talk about data destruction, I became interested in the subject of how I would go around remotely destroying all my data on all my systems. I got to a point where I figured ...
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How can I determine (as a layman) if an E-mail was set to self destruct?

I tried to access an old E-mail to print for a court case only to find there is no content. I checked on all my devices and outlook account. The E-mail in question is from a gmail user and I have ...
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What is the current EU standard for data destruction?

I have been hunting around for a couple of weeks trying to find what the current standards for sensitive data destruction in the EU/UK are. If you look at the destruction companies they have several ...
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Is it possible to construct a passively self-destructing message?

Is it possible to construct a message that passively degrades over time without requiring an external factor to destroy it? Things that are similar, but not what I mean: A hard drive that degrades ...
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Should I keep to HDDs for sensitive data?

It appears that in many cases, there is no way (short of physical destruction) to securely delete data from an arbitrary SSD. Unfortunately, I do not know how an individual (not a business) can ...
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Why are drives overwritten three times when being disposed of? [duplicate]

I am looking at the secure disposal of old flash drives, and one of the standards I have come across says that they should be overwritten three times. Why is one time not enough? I assume doing the ...
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Security of linux shred utility

If I am trying to destroy a single file, what is the best method? shred -uvz -n500 file dd if=/dev/null of=file dd if=/dev/zero of=file I hexdumped a file that was in the middle of shredding, and it ...
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Can plain text be hidden/accessed in laptop Firmware? (or elsewhere, not HDD/SSD)

Scenario: I just took 1 page of text (.odt) and copied it into a plain text document, that happens to result in a 3KB file. With that as a random size criteria for discussion, CAN code be written to ...
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Deep international spy forensics: what hw really needs to be destroyed?

True Scenario: Representatives from the GCHQ went into The Guardian newspaper corporate office in London and demanded top secret data (leaked by Edward Snowden) be returned to authorities. The senior ...
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Does a commercially available self destructing HDD (set in BIOS) exist?

Does a self destructing HDD (physically destruction) that will destroy after a certain time exist, or when I use some software to initiate its self-destruction? I guess it need to be set in BIOS or ...
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Can a hard drive be destroyed by drowning?

These are some ways of disposing of hard drives: Special firms, degaussing, hammering, pulling apart. Can this be accomplished more quickly by drowning it? Fill a bucket with water, maybe add some ...
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Sensitive information I don't want my work to backup

Can this be done safely? I want to print 2 pdf’s containing personal/banking information from a computer at work. It has CrashPlan Pro running and I don’t want a copy of the files to be made that I ...
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Erasing a hard-disk, encrypting it as alternative?

I was pondering about this, sometimes people ask me to erase data on their drive. So I use a shredding program, which takes a long time. However what if instead of shredding all the files, I'd just ...
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How can I remotely wipe the contents of a Linux Laptop if its been stolen?

I am currently investigating using Linux Laptops for my development team. We currently run Windows. The one advantage that keeps coming up for Windows over Linux from a system administration / ...
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What particular devices and processes are available to destroy hard drives, per DoD 5220.22-M?

DoD 5220.22-M specifies the following methods for destruction of hard drives with classified data: Disintegrate Incinerate Pulverize Shred Melt I've seen shredders of the type that might be used on ...
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How do you destroy an old hard drive?

How do you destroy an old hard drive? To be clear, unlike questions Secure hard drive disposal: How to erase confidential information and How can I reliably erase all information on a hard drive? I do ...
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How can files be deleted in a HIPAA-compliant way?

Any material I've come up with for data destruction standards relate to completely wiping (ATA Secure Erase) and physically destroying hard drives, but I haven't been able to find much about standards ...
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Getting rid of a large quantity of paper

Say you were in charge of getting rid of a large quantity of paper - up to 1,000 in a row. It can't be used as scratch paper because it contains confidential information. It also can't be outsourced ...
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Best method of retiring hard drives [duplicate]

What are some typical ways you guys retire hard drives? We have a hard drive that won't mount anymore (makes clicking sounds when it tries to mount). The data on it isn't necessarily sensitive (no ...
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How can I reliably erase all information on a hard drive?

As storage technologies change over time, using different encodings and remappings to deal with sector errors, the best way to permanently erase/wipe/shred data changes also. Methods for flash drives ...
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Is it enough to only wipe a flash drive once?

According to the documentation for the "diskscrb" command for wiping conventional hard drives: http://www.forensics-intl.com/diskscrb.html "Conforms to and exceeds the Government Standard set forth ...
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Secure hard drive disposal: How to erase confidential information

When it comes to disposing of hardware that may contain PII, confidential, or other sensitive material, how do you determine what needs special handling? What process do you use? I'd like to expand ...