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Re: Pentagon Reverses Order to Destroy Old Hard Drives
From: Dave Dittrich <dittrich () cac washington edu>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 16:11:05 -0700 (PDT)

The Pentagon will have to overwrite the hard drives of computers being
donated or going to the public, which it had done for years before the
January edict.

For anyone else considering implementing this policy, a co-worker of
mine hacked together a nice bootable-floppy x86/IDE disk wiper he
calls "autoclave".  Its pretty slick, and supports many different
levels of overwriting before zeroing out all the blocks.  (Very nice
to use when re-installing an OS, especially on a honeypot, to avoid
data pollution.)


Have your employees run this before surplusing equipment and
no more sensitive files get sold at rock bottom prices.

Dave Dittrich                           Computing & Communications
dittrich () cac washington edu             University Computing Services
http://staff.washington.edu/dittrich    University of Washington

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