Check out the new USENIX Web site.

Home About USENIX Events Membership Publications Students

Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory

Peter Gutmann
Department of Computer Science
University of Auckland


With the use of increasingly sophisticated encryption systems, an attacker wishing to gain access to sensitive data is forced to look elsewhere for information. One avenue of attack is the recovery of supposedly erased data from magnetic media or random-access memory. This paper covers some of the methods available to recover erased date and presents schemes to make this recovery significantly more difficult.

View the full text of this paper in HTML and POSTSCRIPT (581,614 Bytes) form.

To Become a USENIX Member, please see our Membership Information.

?Need help? Use our Contacts page.

Last changed: 1 May 2002 aw
Conference Index