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Re: Disk wiping -- An alternate approach?
From: Michael Holstein <michael.holstein () csuohio edu>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 10:09:15 -0500


- The absence of evidence 9 times out of 10 is just as bad as the
evidence itself in court.
  

In what court?


- What you type text or email can, and will, be used against you in a
court of law.
  

Only if obtained by correct process of law and you resist the temptation
to "explain yourself" to the police.


So, plausible deniability solution for disk wiping?:

Let, disk wiping tools LOAD the whole WIKIPEDIA in nxn matrices and
mix ALL the words & phrases in a random pool continuously and use THIS
as the "Wiping passes and patterns" while they wipe the disk-space
(instead of using random-pass or zero) 

You're forgetting that you aren't required to explain yourself in court
(5th Ammendment). It's the job of the prosecution to connect the dots
and prove you're guilty. Smart defendants hire their own expert to
refute the testimony of of the prosecution's "expert".

As to Wikipedia, I think a random overwrite pattern would be way better
than them finding fragments of the following (just two examples) :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_weapon_design
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_prostitution

Practically every illegal act has an article on Wikipedia .. why
deliberately "seed" your hard disk with them?

Cheers,

Michael Holstein
Cleveland State University

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