Monday, December 22, 2008

Undelete Snooping Fun


Alright, I have a confession to make..

One of my guilty pleasures in life, is to take USB drives that coworkers, friends, and family leave laying around and examine their contents. Not the contents that they KNOW are there, I'm more excited by what they have deleted. Using the free windows tool, FreeUndelete, you can very quickly and easily view and restore deleted content from any NTFS or FAT formatted drive. Can usually find some interesting things.

All well and good. But of course my compulsive snooping side can't stop there. I also like to keep a cheap 100 Baht, all-in-one USB memory card reader handy. I will then temporarily swipe the memory cards from digital cameras and mobile phones. As it turns out, most of these devices use a FAT formatted file system as well. It is absolutely AMAZING what you can find on these cards!

Moral of the story,

A.) most people will go out of thier way to protect or remove embarassing content from their PC. Most people don't think twice about these other devices. Makes for an interesting (and entertaining) "attack" vector.

B.) Maybe its time that digital camera manufacturers, mobile phone makers, and the lot, start offering "secure delete" options on their devices?

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