UK: Phones seized by police being remotely ‘wiped’

UK: Phones seized by police being remotely ‘wiped’

[Ed. – Finally, some good news.]

All the data on some of the tablets and phones seized as evidence is being wiped out, remotely, while they are in police custody, the BBC has learned. …

And Dorset police said this had happened to six of the seized devices it had in custody, within one year.

The technology used was designed to allow owners to remove sensitive data from their phones if they are stolen.

“If a device has a signal, in theory it is possible to wipe it remotely,” said Ken Munro, a digital forensics expert with Pen Test Partners. …

Mr Munro, who analyses hundreds of laptops, tablets, phones and other devices for corporate clients, said: “When we seize a device for digital forensics, we put it immediately into a radio-frequency shielded bag, which prevents any signals from getting through.

“If we can’t get to the scene within an hour, we tell the client to pop it in a microwave oven.

“The microwave is reasonably effective as a shield against mobile or tablet signals – just don’t turn it on.”

SecureDrives, which develops hard drives for the military, is releasing one next year that can be physically destroyed just by sending a text message.

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