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CBL Pictures: Hard Drive Fire & Fusion


11 April 2014

phot of recent fire damaged hard drive in our labs for evaluation

We don’t often see fire-damaged drives that are in this bad shape. In a fire, rising temperatures affect the...

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High-Profile Data Destruction: Snowden Hard Drives Destroyed by Guardian Editors


31 January 2014

Remains of a PC destroyed by Guardian staff to clear themselves of Snowden leak data; Photo:Guardian

Back in July during peak moments of the Edward Snowden leak scandal explosion around the world, the UK’s Guardian newspaper was embroiled in a battle with government about the information in the paper’s possession. Government officials and the GCHQ spy agency threatened injunctions against the paper. Finally staff decided they had to destroy all the computers to prevent their journalists being carted away and measures being taken against the paper.

See footage of the destruction after the jump

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E-waste On The Move


18 December 2013

infographic with the latest data from StEP showing E-waste Generation by Country New report numbers out of the United Nations’ StEP Initiative proclaim e-waste as one of the world’s fastest growing streams of waste production. StEP(Solving The world’s E-waste Problem) was set up to tackle the growing and often underestimated problem of electronic waste. According to figures, last year 50m tons of e-waste was generated. This is following the predicted trend that in the next four years e-waste will grow 33%.

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How did Toronto Police Recover the Deleted Rob Ford Crack Video?


1 November 2013

So how did the police department get the deleted data of the mysterious video files from the hard drives? In a story stunning Toronto yesterday and spreading beyond Canada into news media around the globe, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair admitted that a video showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking what appears to be a crack pipe had been recovered. The video, never been seen by the public, has been the subject of a great deal of speculation since some photos from it were reported in the press earlier in the year. Mayor Ford received a torrent of allegations about its supposed contents and flatly denied it even existed. A bombshell of sorts yesterday when the Police Chief exclaimed that evidence seized in a series of police raids contained electronic devices and computer hard drives that after months of investigation contained the video in question. According to Blair, the footage is “consistent with what has been described in the media,” but he will not further describe what depictions are there. So how did the police department get the deleted data of the mysterious video files from the hard drives?

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