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In continuation of my article: Data Erasing for your own Protection I got into a discussion about other ways to protect you data from law enforcement.
I was told by a former law enforcement member that after the crime scene has been secured that the the computer tech checks the computer is functional and then has the equivalent of a mover ship the computer, like a box, to the computer lab. The issue with this being that a mercury switch and power source could be used to zap the computer with the needed Gauss to erase/destroy the hard disk.
Another method would be to use a RAM Disk, whether this is a physical or virtual RAM Disk. The first has the advantage that in the case of a brownout the data is saved for X hours, although this could be a disadvantage too, another disadvantage is that you may have a memory limit which is imposed by the hardware. The advantage over the physical RAM disk is that a higher amount of memory can be allocated, although you don’t get the protection from brownouts.
Important to also remember is that there is also a data remanence with data in RAM, which also should to be mitigated. This may be possible by passing an electric charge over the memory to erase them, although I have yet to find relevant references.
A third method may be by raising the temperature of the hard disk to above the Curie Point, which with effect the magnetics of the disk. I will need to investigate this more too.
Embedding part of the computer in epoxy still applies to all the above.
- Gigabyte I-RAM DDR PCI Virtual RAM Disk Drive SATA W/ Backup Battery – backup power lasts ~16 hours and it supports 4Gb RAM.
- Data remanence: Data in RAM
- Curie Point
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