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Archive: Mar 2016

Explorations in Data Destruction 5: The Munroe Effect

Zoz continues his series of HDD destruction experiments as he gives annular and radial shaped charges a shot and tries the compression welding technique. The stearic acid turns out to be a really important component of this explosive. And if you don’t get that amount right, it doesn’t work. So this is a...

Explorations in Data Destruction 4: Kinetic Methods

This part of Zoz’ research is a 101 on HDD demolition through physical damage rather than heat, so find out what techniques he leveraged and how it all went. Alright, moving on to part 2 – kinetic (see right-hand image). The goal here was to deform, spindle, mutilate the drive, basically, severely...

Surprise, Hackers Use TeamViewer to Spread Ransomware

Security analysts mostly deal with ransomware attacks deployed through exploits, booby-trapped email attachments, or Microsoft Office loopholes occurring when users are tricked into enabling macros. A series of recent onslaughts, however, stand out from the crowd because the offenders have been taking...

Explorations in Data Destruction 3: Beyond Straight Thermite

As Zoz keeps experimenting with thermal methods to completely ruin HDDs, he tries more substances based on thermite and draws some interesting conclusions. So alright, I wasn’t ready to give up yet. I know that in military thermite grenades they actually don’t use straight thermite – they use what...