On Thu, 2009-02-26 at 14:59 +0000, David Greaves wrote:
> Err, that would be the point...
> 
> And given that your plot would even work, how many spods on eBay have access 
> to
> a magnetic force microscope?
> 
> Obviously the word spods includes BBC reporters (note, not "journalist")
> incapable of entering
>   "wiped disc recovery scanning electron paper"
> into Google and getting as the second hit:
>   http://sansforensics.wordpress.com/2009/01/15/overwriting-hard-drive-data/
> 
> Which makes a mockery of the whole thing (as do any number of other references
> that are not obtained from companies making a living from BS).

Then there is the paper (read the epilogue especially) which debunks
this above linked article by the Author (Peter Gutmann) on who's
out-of-date material they based it!! 

It was published in 1996 and the epilogue was written this year as a
strong rebuttal to the sansforensics article.

http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/secure_del.html

Well worth a read and very insightful...

--
Phil Lewis

> For the lazy:
>   The forensic recovery of data using electron microscopy is infeasible.
> David


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