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(The Smoking Gun)   Man arrested by Secret Service swallows flash drive in bid to destroy evidence. Learns device was not compatible to his gastrointestinal tract   (thesmokinggun.com) divider line 106
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2010-03-02 12:43:32 PM  
He had a 'bruce banner' moment.

/always works in the movies
 
2010-03-02 12:50:40 PM  
I hate it when my colon gets an unscheduled firmware update.
 
2010-03-02 12:51:08 PM  
Click here to safely eject drive.
 
2010-03-02 01:12:52 PM  
Damned hard coded drives always result in drive letter conflicts.
 
2010-03-02 01:18:09 PM  
Should have used one of these. (new window)

Seriously: I had a coworker who was worried about data security when travelling
abroad, and he was asking about OS-level folder encryption and such.

I told him get the smallest USB thumb drive he could find, keep his files on
that, and if worse came to worse, swallow it. Obviously, this guy's eyes
were bigger than his stomach.
 
2010-03-02 02:42:32 PM  
This is why I coat my flash drives in butter.
 
2010-03-02 03:10:51 PM  
I guess we'll have to wait for him to take a...memory dump.
 
2010-03-02 03:11:07 PM  
I'm sure something is getting mounted in a day or two
 
2010-03-02 03:11:56 PM  
Hawnkee: I guess we'll have to wait for him to take a...memory dump.

WINNAR! Thread over.
 
2010-03-02 03:12:16 PM  
that is some shiatty memory
core dump?
finding your kernal
 
2010-03-02 03:12:56 PM  
Is he called Mac?
 
2010-03-02 03:12:58 PM  
I hope they use his ass as an ATM skimmer. farking thief.
 
2010-03-02 03:13:46 PM  
Shame he didn't do this in the 80's. I wonder how many cassettes he would have had to spaghetti down.
 
2010-03-02 03:15:57 PM  
jehovahs witness protection: Click here a minimum of 6 times to safely eject drive.

FTF Windows XP.
 
2010-03-02 03:16:03 PM  
this is why you should just have your hard drive wired up with thermite

they can't read a pile of molten metal.
 
2010-03-02 03:16:32 PM  
content.internetvideoarchive.com
 
2010-03-02 03:17:07 PM  
+1 to subster for proper spelling of gastrointestinal
 
2010-03-02 03:17:19 PM  
I don't think that's how we destroy digital data.
 
2010-03-02 03:17:47 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2010-03-02 03:17:52 PM  
Good thing it wasn't infected with any viruses.
 
2010-03-02 03:17:55 PM  
I bet the data survives.
 
2010-03-02 03:18:42 PM  
Why didn't he just drop it on the ground and stomp on it? They'd have to really, really want your ass bad to try and get the data off a drive if you managed to damage the chip inside, which one good stomp is almost sure to do unless you have a pretty hardcore drive. Actually, now that I think about it, you could use this as a reason *not* to buy metal cased usb drives! :)

What's the best way to secure data on a usb drive? Truecrypt?
 
2010-03-02 03:19:09 PM  
Hawnkee: I guess we'll have to wait for him to take a...memory dump.

+1
 
2010-03-02 03:20:14 PM  
Jument: Why didn't he just drop it on the ground and stomp on it? They'd have to really, really want your ass bad to try and get the data off a drive if you managed to damage the chip inside, which one good stomp is almost sure to do unless you have a pretty hardcore drive. Actually, now that I think about it, you could use this as a reason *not* to buy metal cased usb drives! :)

What's the best way to secure data on a usb drive? Truecrypt?


I seriously doubt a stomp would damage the chip. Unless you're 500 pounds or wear cleats.
 
2010-03-02 03:20:14 PM  
The remedy...

healthhabits.files.wordpress.com

/hot
//I've washed one of these things half a dozen times and haven't killed it. It can't be done.
 
2010-03-02 03:20:30 PM  
Man arrested by Secret Service swallows flash drive in bid to destroy evidence. Learns device was not compatible to his gastrointestinal tract 7
 
2010-03-02 03:22:10 PM  
Giga-biter? Mega-shiatter! Poop-thread?
 
2010-03-02 03:22:48 PM  
DaBishop: imgs.xkcd.com

$5 wrench? You could do that with a $0.50 cigarette lighter...with less mess. Smell might be an issue though.
 
2010-03-02 03:22:51 PM  
to his?

surely with his?

/pedant.
 
2010-03-02 03:23:30 PM  
They'll have to wait till it's downloaded.

/pa
//dun
///tiss
 
2010-03-02 03:25:14 PM  
Hawnkee: I guess we'll have to wait for him to take a...memory dump.

blogs.guardian.co.uk

/YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
 
2010-03-02 03:25:30 PM  
Not quite like the movies. He probably was not thinking they would care about his intestines.
 
2010-03-02 03:26:21 PM  
House of Tards: This is why I coat my flash drives in butter.

hehe. good one.
 
2010-03-02 03:28:17 PM  
kungfu jesus with a side of lime: finding your kernal

Korn? When did I eat Korn?

\Korn...get it?
 
2010-03-02 03:28:51 PM  
DjangoStonereaver: Should have used one of these. (new window)

Seriously: I had a coworker who was worried about data security when travelling
abroad, and he was asking about OS-level folder encryption and such.

I told him get the smallest USB thumb drive he could find, keep his files on
that, and if worse came to worse, swallow it. Obviously, this guy's eyes
were bigger than his stomach.


Encrypt with true crypt. Or better yet transfer the data to an offshore server immediately then wipe the drive. Just upload from your random starbucks or panera be sure to pay with cash.
 
2010-03-02 03:28:59 PM  
people involved in atm skimming should be shown no mercy
 
2010-03-02 03:29:36 PM  
DaBishop: Shame he didn't do this in the 80's. I wonder how many cassettes he would have had to spaghetti down.

Talk about a tape worm.
 
2010-03-02 03:30:17 PM  
tbyte: Jument: Why didn't he just drop it on the ground and stomp on it? They'd have to really, really want your ass bad to try and get the data off a drive if you managed to damage the chip inside, which one good stomp is almost sure to do unless you have a pretty hardcore drive. Actually, now that I think about it, you could use this as a reason *not* to buy metal cased usb drives! :)

What's the best way to secure data on a usb drive? Truecrypt?

I seriously doubt a stomp would damage the chip. Unless you're 500 pounds or wear cleats.


Speaking from experience, you just have to make sure your heel comes down somewhere in the middle of the drive. If you can crack the plastic or bend the metal around the actual chip with the force of the stomp it's usually enough to do the same to the board inside.
 
2010-03-02 03:32:15 PM  
heh, he swallowed it. if he can't pass it, tough shiat. waste of a doctor's time to remove it from this dumbass. would have been better if he died from acute colon blockage
 
2010-03-02 03:32:17 PM  
Story is amusing, but it's an ATM/Credit card number thief, so fark him. Hopefully in prison he'll have to perform ATM for every ATM card he duplicated.
 
2010-03-02 03:32:18 PM  
House of Tards: This is why I coat my flash drives in butter bacon grease.


FTFY

Everything is better with bacon!
 
2010-03-02 03:32:29 PM  
Would the X-rays used to determine the location of the drive within his GI tract possibly corrupt/destroy the data? What about 4 days of sitting in stomach acid if the drive was unable to enter his small intestine? Not enough info here.
 
2010-03-02 03:33:39 PM  
Maybe a Bacon-Flavored flashdrive. Call it Bacon-Bits......
 
2010-03-02 03:36:39 PM  
I would think the stomach bile would still do some damage though, wouldn't it?


\DRTFA
 
2010-03-02 03:37:10 PM  
Unless the chip it self was damaged (cracked) - busting up the enclosure or the PCB would not stop data recovery.

You can remove the chip from the pcb and still access the data on the chip. Break the leads off - and with the proper tools, you can put leads back on. Unless you damage the silicon in the middle of the plastic, the data still can be retrieved.

Dont ask how I know all this.
 
2010-03-02 03:38:03 PM  
Royale With Cheese: Would the X-rays used to determine the location of the drive within his GI tract possibly corrupt/destroy the data? What about 4 days of sitting in stomach acid if the drive was unable to enter his small intestine? Not enough info here.

Yeah, I agree. Unless it was one of those water proof Corsair flash drives (even then I don't know), I'd suspect it would sustain some damage...


I'll bet Obama's real birth cert was on it!!!11!!!!
 
2010-03-02 03:41:28 PM  
Jument: Why didn't he just drop it on the ground and stomp on it? They'd have to really, really want your ass bad to try and get the data off a drive if you managed to damage the chip inside, which one good stomp is almost sure to do unless you have a pretty hardcore drive. Actually, now that I think about it, you could use this as a reason *not* to buy metal cased usb drives! :)

What's the best way to secure data on a usb drive? Truecrypt?


true Crytp may be the best available to civilians. The Secret Service knows this. You may not be able to hide truecrypts existence from them and they can compel you to decrypt or charge you with some kind of obstruction charge.

Best counter is opsec, move the data to a server offshore from a free wifi location. Pay cash for all purchases there leave cellphone at home.

If organized use a sneakernet to move the encrypted sticks across the to various locations before uploading to the offshore site . Wipe sticks using a diskwipe software when done uploading. Sell data to credit fraud specialists who create the credit cards or do the online purchases, profit. The Mules don't even need to know what's on the drive they are just told to ftp it to this site for $50 bucks using filezila.
 
2010-03-02 03:43:21 PM  
I bet he is wishing he would have stored the data on a MicroSD card now.
 
2010-03-02 03:44:40 PM  
Royale With Cheese: Would the X-rays used to determine the location of the drive within his GI tract possibly corrupt/destroy the data? What about 4 days of sitting in stomach acid if the drive was unable to enter his small intestine? Not enough info here.

It's possible a few lucky X-rays ended up flipping a few bits, but significant damage from that is unlikely. The stomach acid would have to actually get to the actual flash chip itself to do any damage. An that's probably encased in plastic and silicon nitride, depending on the manufacturer.

All in all, not an effective way to destroy a flash drive.
 
2010-03-02 03:45:45 PM  
Sandy Burger would be pleased
 
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