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Cosmic rays : A neglected potential threat to evidential integrity in digital forensic investigations? / Overill, Richard E.

Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, ARES 2020: Proceedings of the 13th Workshop on Digital Forensics. Association for Computing Machinery, 2020. (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series).

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Overill, RE 2020, Cosmic rays: A neglected potential threat to evidential integrity in digital forensic investigations? in Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, ARES 2020: Proceedings of the 13th Workshop on Digital Forensics. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, Association for Computing Machinery, 15th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, ARES 2020, Virtual, Online, Ireland, 25/08/2020. https://doi.org/10.1145/3407023.3409188

APA

Overill, R. E. (2020). Cosmic rays: A neglected potential threat to evidential integrity in digital forensic investigations? In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, ARES 2020: Proceedings of the 13th Workshop on Digital Forensics (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3407023.3409188

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Overill RE. Cosmic rays: A neglected potential threat to evidential integrity in digital forensic investigations? In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, ARES 2020: Proceedings of the 13th Workshop on Digital Forensics. Association for Computing Machinery. 2020. (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). https://doi.org/10.1145/3407023.3409188

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Overill, Richard E. / Cosmic rays : A neglected potential threat to evidential integrity in digital forensic investigations?. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, ARES 2020: Proceedings of the 13th Workshop on Digital Forensics. Association for Computing Machinery, 2020. (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series).

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