Archive for May, 2012

Your Car’s Black Box?!

May 18th, 2012 No comments

It is common knowledge that airplanes contain a “black box” that records all the activities taking place on a flight. But what about your car?

Since 2006, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has required new vehicles be made with a similar technology that functions as a black box inside automobiles. Facts such as how fast you were going, road conditions, and whether you were wearing your seat belt are recorded. In many states, this data is accessible by insurance companies without the car owner ever being aware.

Are car black boxes a violation of privacy, or an appropriate safety mechanism? Tell us what you think!


Sensitive Data from Mobile Devices

May 16th, 2012 No comments

We have been asked many times if we recover data from mobile devices, and the answer is yes. So aside from your photos and your music, how important could data from a mobile device be?

Well, a jury in New York recently convicted William Balfour based on information provided through digital forensics of his cell phone. A forensic investigator provided testimonial that triangulated Balfour’s phone at the time of a murder of which he was accused. The jurors indicated the cell phone records were the key to making their final decision.


Recovering data from a swallowed disk?

May 8th, 2012 No comments

We see a lot of crazy disk damage here at DriveFish, but we can’t say we’ve ever received anything this extreme! A hang glider from British Columbia swallowed a memory card of pictures after his tandem partner was detached from the glider.

So what are the odds of recovering data from a memory card that has literally been digested by a human stomach? Pretty good according to Blackstone Forensics! The company believes the solid state nature of these memory cards can preserve the data through extreme environments, and data should be recoverable in spite of the disk’s journey.

While we certainly don’t wish any of this on anyone, we enjoy reading stories about the cutting edge of data recovery and digital forensics. But short of an event like this, we hope DriveFish can help you with all your data recovery needs!