[linux-elitists] Hard drive recovery in L.A. area

Eugene.Leitl@lrz.uni-muenchen.de Eugene.Leitl@lrz.uni-muenchen.de
Thu Apr 12 13:48:48 PDT 2001

Dan Wilder wrote:

> I'd have thought you could accomplish nearly the same effect
> at less cost, and without having to find a location where a
> box full of thermite would not attract unwanted attention, by the
> careful application of a suitable hammer to the disk drives.

The point is that there are nasty people which want to get at
the data, and there are only few seconds at your disposal, before
you go down the escape chute, splatter your brain upon the ceiling,
or whatever else is appropriate. You'd mount the hard drives encased 
in thermite inside the computer case. The redundant electrical/
mechanical would be outside, a switch with a flip cover (sufficient 
unless you've got toddlers in the house -- as an SOP evil geniuses
*never* allow toddlers in their bunker).
> Though the drama of igniting that boxful of thermite might be
> worthwhile in its own right!

Ideally, you'd portion the thermite so that it doesn't result
in torching of your entire domicile. Otoh, if you're desperate 
enough to slag your data, you probably don't care too much at
that point. You could as well use a generous amount of plastique.
> What was it the news reports said the crew of the spy plane
> used, in the recent incident near China?  Pickaxes?!?


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