1998-09-22 - Re: Stego-empty hard drives… (fwd)

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From: Mark Hahn <mhahn@tcbtech.com>
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1998-09-22 00:03:31 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 08:03:31 +0800

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From: Mark Hahn <mhahn@tcbtech.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 08:03:31 +0800
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: Stego-empty hard drives... (fwd)
In-Reply-To: <199809220116.UAA20070@einstein.ssz.com>
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At 11:37 PM 9/21/98 -0400, Lazlo Toth wrote:
>>> When you're taking your laptop through customs, you do
>>> nothing while the machine boots up, the doctored BIOS does its thing,
>>> and everybody's happy.  When you want to get at the stuff on the rest of
>>> the HD, you reboot and type in your passphrase.

As I recall, this thread is about customs officials booting your laptop
from *their* floppy and scanning your hard drive.  I suggest two
practical solutions to avoid this incursion:

1) Leave the floppy drive at home ;-) Many PCs have swapable floppy/
CD-ROM bays. I've learned to live without my floppy (others may not have
that option.)

2) If you can't leave your floppy at home, carry your sensitive data on 
a PCMCIA Type-II Hard Drive. Kingston sells one sporting 500MB 
of capacity. Pop it out and put it as far away from the laptop as you
can. Inside your other luggage somewhere.

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