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Submission + - SSDs cause crisis for digital forensics (techworld.com) 5

rifles only writes: Firmware built into many solid state drives (SSDs) to improve their storage efficiency could be making forensic analysis at a later date by police forces and intelligence agencies almost impossible to carry out to legally safe standards, Australian researchers have discovered.

They found that SSDs start wiping themselves within minutes after a quick format (or a file delete or full format) and can even do so when disconnected from a PC and rigged up to a hardware blocker.

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SSDs cause crisis for digital forensics

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  • by Jah-Wren Ryel ( 80510 ) on Tuesday March 01, 2011 @07:56AM (#35346356)

    This just in: Lack of uniquely identifiable tread marks in shoes makes forensic analysis of shoe-prints at crime scenes inconclusive.

    In a free society the police exist to serve society, not the other way around. If the best way for SSDs to operate happens to make life a little bit harder for the cops, then so be it. They get plenty of help when the chips just happen to fall in their favor.

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