Author Topic: Chilling Video Shows Journalists Destroy Snowden Hard Drives Under Watch of Intelligence Officials  (Read 355 times)

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I wonder how many copies were made before that happened. High capacity USB thumb drives are ubiquitous, as are SD cards.
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I wonder how many copies were made before that happened. High capacity USB thumb drives are ubiquitous, as are SD cards.

If they were smart - and I'm not saying they aren't - hundreds of copies should have been salted all over the place.


They should have used blowtorches on the internal disks to melt them rather than simply cutting them up into pieces; that is about the only way to make sure that not even the government can obtain data from whatever remains of the disks.  A broken disk can quite easily be fitted back together so that the data off of each piece can be read and then stitched back together with the data on the other pieces.  It's a laborious process, and the bare metal data analysis and forensics would be mind-boggling, but the government has the resources to do it.  The best tech people can be divided into three groups:  those who work for the botnet masters, those who work for the government (sometimes this line gets blurred), and those whose pride and ego keep them independent.

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You are more up on this - far as I am concerned, hard drives are magic boxes that fail at the worst possible moment - but would not cutting them up with an angle grinder destroy too much data to be successfully recoverable? After all, the grinding wheels are 3 to 5 mm wide, and the heat is going to degrade any data either side of the cut.
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