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17-06-2013, 06:29 PM
RE: Technology by Filox
Nevermind.
My experience with dealing with malware has come through for me, all is right with the world.
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18-06-2013, 11:24 AM
RE: Technology by Filox
One word: Malwarebytes.

Always.

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19-06-2013, 01:05 PM
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(16-06-2013 08:59 AM)Filox Wrote:  By the looks of it, this is a good, fast middle class GPU, you should be satisfied with its performance in the next few years.

All and all, a good laptop.
Thanks, that's what I wanted to hear. Just now I heard about 8 core laptops and felt a little wistful, but that's a pure overdoing it. Fallout 3 is running magnificently so far and the hotness of my laptop is probably within parameters, a thin laptop feels hotter, which is good, I suppose.

(16-06-2013 08:59 AM)Filox Wrote:  About your data, I don't think that anyone has the right to check your laptop and your data without your permission or the court order and no one will get the court order unless they have a good reason for it. The only thing you need is the password on your windows, so that they can't just turn it on, if they want to make an illegal, quick sneak peak. It would take them at least some time and knowledge to pass around your password, not a big problem, but it is highly illegal and takes at least 5 minutes of your time, you need a correct tools for it and you need to know what are you doing. The other method would be taking your disk out and putting it in another computer, again, time consuming and highly illegal activity.
I'm not sure about that, this time around when I searched I found this:
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/02/11...index.html
"Khan, a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, says it has happened five times since 2003.
A suit filed last week seeks clarification on the rules that allow federal agents to search laptops and other devices.
He says agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection have even forced him to give them access to password-protected, confidential information from his company and his banking records."

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/92/tra...rt-538378/
"Cliff note: old rules still apply,with some clarifications...and the jest of it is that they can search and seize your laptop without any suspicion and for any reason. buyer be aware, or in this case, traveler be aware"

That's Obama administration for ya. Good old George Bush had at least decency to shoot people the old-fashioned way, Obama spies on the world with PRISM program, kills people with drones and Guantanamo is still running. At least they're still targeting non-white people, so I'm safe.

(16-06-2013 08:59 AM)Filox Wrote:  If you want to protect something, I like the PGP Disk thing, you create a file of as many GBs you want and you protect the file with a password of your choosing. When you click on the file and enter a password, it is mounted as a new drive, with anything inside that you put inside. Simple, easy, very good encryption. If you use a big and strong password, everyone will have tons of problems to crack it, it's the good old PGP encryption, not easy to break.
I already do that with my girls stash Drooling I don't know if they're all over 18, so I keep them AES encrypted with a hefty password on top.

(16-06-2013 08:59 AM)Filox Wrote:  P.S.
If you want something secret, hidden and encrypted, then you do not leave it to automatically mount when you turn on the computer. You leave it secret and hidden and you are required to put in the password every time you want to open it. When you close it down, it becomes invisible and password protected. It is the only way, if you think it as necessary.
I meant it as a default solution, to put all my collections in it. My country is a mess, but at least downloading files from the internet is legal here, despite of the opposition. Torrents are technically illegal, but I haven't heard of anyone caught for that. (the policemen want to watch movies too!) You'd have to build a file sharing server full of illegal data to get busted. So pretty much everyone has a downloaded mp3 collection at the very least. We give odd looks to Americans who talk of buying music and films. And books.
But a file to contain all these hundreds of gigs of data would have to be very big. I thought I'd be better off to create a whole encrypted partition. It would be automatically mounted all the time, I would only hide it before going to another country through an airport check. Too late now anyway, but do you think it's a good idea?
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20-06-2013, 04:57 AM (This post was last modified: 20-06-2013 05:48 AM by Filox.)
RE: Technology by Filox
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Yes, anyone can demand you give your bank account informations to them, along with your passwords for your protected data, but without a court order, it is the same thing as entering your house. Completely illegal up to the point when you tell them: "OK". As long as you refuse to give them a password they can not do anything to you. They would need to ask for a court order, then wait for a judge to sign it and only then are you required to provide it. Even then you can simply refuse, but in that case they have a legal right to take it apart, take your hard drive and crack your password on some of their computers.

Fear is great, they tell all sorts of BS and then you say:"OK, here is my password". That makes the whole thing legal, but if you demand a lawyer and refuse to give the password, they are the ones breaking the law.

According to this article (the second one, can't read the first one, filter in my workplace), all these people that needed to turn on the laptop was only to show that it is in fact a real laptop, not just a box to transport drugs or something. The other thing I noticed was that if your battery is dead, they do not bother anymore. 2 cases were interesting, the guy from Tel Aviv, he was told that if he can't start the laptop, it will stay in their custody. The other one was that Canadian guy that put in the CD and scanned the drive for pics. That shit was 100% illegal, no question about it.

Now, on a more realistic note, since we can not fight with the Man without loosing, best course of action would be to keep the battery dead, when asked to turn on the laptop, do it and then say: "sorry, my battery is dead". If they are persistent, you plug it in and turn it on. What they are looking for is: a) pedophilia; b) terrorism attack plans. No one will bother you for a few movies. Also, if you have a PGP disk (or something similar), the Man can not know you have hidden files, because first they would need to identify your PGP disk file, then recognize it for what it is and then ask your that password. Now, you have a few options in this case, or even in the case you do not want to give them the password of your windows.

"I am sorry sir, these are my bank account numbers and passwords, I can not give this to you, because you have no right to ask me this, I am afraid for my security and personnel in the bank have warned me not to give this info to ANYONE, even to someone from that bank. He said no one will ever ask me this, except those who want to rob me." - this is true, they tell you this in every bank, just ask them if you don't believe me. I have this even in writing, from my bank.

"I am sorry sir, this is my professional data, from my company, it is not yet patent protected and it is worth a lot of money, so if I give it to you, I am breaking my business contract, will get fired and will end up in jail. I am obliged by the contract to refuse giving you my password."

It is always a good tactic to ask the Man his badge number. They hate that more than anything, it shows them you know your rights and you can not be fucked with, but it also shows them that you have their name and number now, so they need to be careful how they treat you. And they are required to give you their badge number when you ask them.

The best way is to avoid as much as possible, because every interaction with them will only make them more angry and they will try to fuck you up more. So the less you swim against the current, the better.

I don't know about whole partitions being encrypted, but I do know of a extremely fast and simple way to hide you partition. I just gave my laptop to my mother for some time and instead of deleting all my porn an other shit, I just clicked on "My Computer" - "Manage" - "Disk Management" - then you choose your partition - right click and choose "Change Drive Letter" - then choose "none". All your data is there, but when you open My Computer, that drive is not shown, as it has no name, so the computer treats is like it is not existing. You need to give it some drive letter before it will show up in My Computer again. The only problem would be if you have a 500GB disk, your c: drive is 25 gB and D: drive is 475 GB, so if you hide your 475GB disk, it is then quite obvious you are hiding a big part of your hard drive. Quite simple to see, so be careful to "mask" it a bit.

Or keep your "private" data on a small USB stick and keep that in the middle of your bag, somewhere with tons of other things.

P.S.

In times like this, you people can realize just how much human rights and personal freedoms you have in USA. None. Every law is bended and every freedom is taken away from you with some bills, so you can't even demand justice in courts.

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20-06-2013, 08:17 AM
RE: Technology by Filox
I have a question for those of you who are reading these last 2-3 posts with some interest...

If you could buy a thingy, that is a small can of very hard-core acid, connected to a needle that that is positioned on the correct place on your hard drive, so that when you click the big red button, the needle bursts through the label on the side of your HDD, as seen here and the acid gets splashed inside while the disk is spinning.

This is the only way I could think of for destroying your data in seconds, just by pressing a button and no data recovery will ever be possible, ever, even if NSA takes the acid melted plates.

What do you think, would it work and will someone buy this? Of course, it would be much harder if not impossible to do it on a laptop.

I was thinking about EMP and if we disregard the fact that it is virtually impossible to make home and have like it normal thing to do, it would need extreme boost of power, it would take a lot of space and it will fuck up everything electronic in a certain radius. EMP is just ridiculous and over the top. Also, who is to say that after one EMP some data recovery is impossible?

Every erasing, wiping, writing with zeros, Gutmann's method, everything can be restored, at least partially. I used to recover so much data from formated and overwritten disks, it is just ridiculous. I can only imagine what would one agency like FBI, NSA or CIA have to recover the data, so any software solution is not good enough. I figured, the disk has to be destroyed physically and it need to be done fast. The only thing that must not survive is the magnetic plates, the rest of the disk can remain untouched as far as I am concerned.

I was also thinking about some hammering press, drills, but none of it is small enough to be fitted in a PC case, or it does not destroy the whole plate, just makes some holes in it, still, the rest can be restored.

With the correct type of acid, while the disk is spinning at 7200 rpms, we insert the needle, the disk is still spinning and everything is working normally, until the acid is released and instantly spread across the whole magnetic plate, because of the spinning.

Here is the situation:
Cops burst in your home and you are some small kind of Dotcom, so you have tons of shit on your hard drives that can cost you years of imprisonment. You are working at home, everything is quiet, normal. Suddenly, the doors open wide with a bang and you see dozens of cops swarming in, they will restrain you in a matter of seconds, there is no time for you to format or delete anything, all you can do is hit the button that says, in big red letters, DO NOT PUSH!

Now, if the cops hear a drill, or pneumatic hammer pounding in your PC, they have time to unplug it from the wall and stop the process of destroying. If you start deleting, they will just laugh and click X. But if you insert acid, they will hear nothing, your PC will work for a few seconds, then BSOD will happen, maybe a shut down, but not likely. Confusion. They will look around and see no EMP, plus there still is electricity around you, so no, that was not it. Until someone thinks that they could open your PC case to see why your computer is shut down, the acid will be eating away all those nice binary data you have collected. And when they finally see your needle and cannister on your hard drive, they will know what you did, but still won't be able to do anything about it for some time. They have to take out the disk, then have the right tools there on the spot, then open the case of the disk and remove the plates from inside, clean them from acid and then they have it. Until all that is figured out and done, all your evidence is gone and you are a free man, they can suck it.

Interesting? Stupid? Irrelevant?

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04-07-2013, 08:54 AM (This post was last modified: 04-07-2013 09:15 AM by cheapthrillseaker.)
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So, Filox. I have no idea what I did to have google prompt this. I'm not entering the captcha just yet. I'd like to hear yours or someone else's take on it. I ran antivirus, and so far nothing malicious on my computer. The link provided on the url says I'm violating terms of service. WTAF?! No idea where I went wrong.

   

*grumblemumbles*

EDIT: I have access to youtube, and found this. The newer version doesn't show the same page, but I think it's the same thing, I think. The newer version isn't as friendly as the older version, even as far as getting me to scan my computer. Basically, what I think is going on is google finds my queries to be "not human". So in doing this, it's decided to bring this page up, and serve me with the captcha. In case it does it several times in a few hours, I'll be doing the tutorial to lower the frequency of captcha.





Well updates to google rendered the instructions on the video moot. And google is an arse. Again. Weeping

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04-07-2013, 09:24 AM
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Huh? Captcha? Gotcha? WTF man? What told you what? Who did where? Someone has finally said something that I don't understand 1%...

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Now that I have looked at the video, I understand. I seems that Google thinks you are a bot, doing a lot of automated searches, because you probably use Google for searching similar things, so it's defense system recognized you as a potential spam-bot. That is why you are redirected to the page where you need to enter some text and that identifies you as a human, not a machine, because a machine could not recognize and then write back the word they want you to write.

You didn't do anything wrong, you just used a lot of searches, that were either the same, or very similar. It does not need to be you, it could be anyone on your internet connection.

To be sure you have no viruses, use Malwarebytes - http://www.filehippo.com/download_malwar...i_malware/

Just watch the video, do what this man tells you to and you should feel less of this captcha shit.

I never saw this before, nor did I know this shit exists. Thanx for the info, hope I don't see it ever again.

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04-07-2013, 09:31 AM
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Filox, one way to almost irreversably destroy the data is the expose the disk to extreme shock. Picking up the computer and thowing it into the ground as hard as you can should suffice.

The disk are made of a glassy substance that is extremly smooth. Metal vapour is deposited on that glass and that is what is magnetised and stores the data. Shock will shatter the plates into many peices making recovery difficult. It depends how badly they want the data at that point. Usually it wouldnt be worthwhile for them.

Encrypted partition is probably a better option. If your pirating shit and your door gets kicked in, hit the reset button. There are ways of putting a partition within a partition to maintain plausible deniability if you are forced to reveal the password to the outer partition. Of couse the outer partition can't store anything illegal.

I have an encrypted file vault to store my credit card numbers, passport info, and other docs. If my shit gets stolen I can retreive all the info from the internet and cancel my cards, get a new passport, update my resident return visa, etc.

I've been downloading shit for a long time and haven't been worried. Most of the population download. It not like they can prosecute 70% or more of the population.

They usually go for people that distribute the pirated stuff to many others or try to make money from selling pirated movies on dvd, etc. Not refering to torrents which download and upload for a while on your internet connection. Authorities cant do too much about torrents. Unless you have gigabit uplink and are letting heaps of torrents endlessly stream from it.

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04-07-2013, 09:39 AM
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Filox, if you need tutorials on how to almost irreversibly destroy your data, just look up the fuckers who purposefully destroy their apple products. It should give you an idea of 1. how stupid some people are and 2. what's the best way to throw it without throwing out your back.

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04-07-2013, 09:57 AM
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OK, maybe you missed my point a bit. Sure, you can protect yourself in a lot of ways, but have you ever considered the market of real fucking criminals, people who are running away from FBI, CIA, NSA or something like that, not for us, regular torrent abusers? So, my invention is for SERIOUS fucking criminals, someone that police would really like to catch and they would use everything in their disposal to retrieve the data. In that case, a disk thrown into the wall can be taken in the lab, opened, the plates are put into a special and very, very expensive machine and it read one bit at a time until it recovers everything physically possible. The disk plates can even be dented, crooked, bent, the machine reads it. The are tons of programs for cracking all sorts of codes and with one small supercomputer (that FBI surely has) all your passwords are killed with speed and ease. There are programs for restoring your partitions as well... Get my point now? Smile

Also, would something like this be illegal? EMP IS highly illegal.

We are talking purely theoretical here...

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