A study conducted by Kessler International, a world
leader specializing in computer forensics, determined that over 40% of the
hard drives listed for sale on eBay still contain personal, private, and
sensitive information otherwise thought to be erased.
Over the course of one month, Kessler International
purchased a large number of hard drives from random sources on eBay, on
three separate occasions. The computer forensic engineers at Kessler were
able to retrieve information from over 40% of the hard drives.
The combined data consisted of:
Personal & Confidential Documents, including
financial information (36%)
Corporate Documents (11%)
Internet Browsing Histories (11%)
DNS server information (4%)
Miscellaneous Data (4%).
For over 20 years, Kessler International has been the
world leader specializing in international corporate investigations,
forensic accounting, brand protection and computer forensics. Established
in 1988, Kessler International's satisfied clients are comprised of an
extensive and distinguished list of Fortune 500 companies, government
agencies, and prestigious law firms worldwide. Its diverse staff includes
former prosecutors, former law enforcement agents, attorneys, certified
forensic accountants, certified fraud examiners, certified forensic
computer examiners, CPAs, certified internal controls auditors, licensed
investigators and researchers.
For more information on forensic accounting, computer
forensics, and investment fraud, visit Kessler International’s website at
www.investigation.com or call (212) 286-9100.