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September 7, 2013  2:26 PM

Prosecution Drops Attempt to Force Child Porn Suspect to Decrypt Hard Drives

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
eff, encryption, law enforcement

Prosecutors have dropped attempts to force a suspect to give up the encryption key for his hard drives. Unfortunately, they dropped the attempts not because it was the right thing to do, but because they succeeded in breaking into his hard drives another way and getting the information they...

April 29, 2013  7:07 PM

Everything Wrong With Jingming Zhang’s Rutgers Laptop Theft in 1,059 Words

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
backblaze, backup, backups, cloud storage, dropbox, flash drives, google drive, law enforcement, memory stick, online backup, replication, skydrive, thumb drives, world backup day, youtube

Jingming Zhang is one unlucky SOB. After five years of research, as he was working on the thesis required for his PhD in chemistry from Rutgers University, the laptop containing all of his data was reportedly stolen from an unlocked lab in the college. Zhang wrote a note and put up flyers about...

December 20, 2012  7:59 PM

Lanza’s Hard Drive Next Focus in Sandy Hook School Shooting

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
backup, data storage, government, law enforcement, recovery, solid-state, ssd

It shouldn't be any surprise in this incident, about which nothing makes any sense, but it isn't clear what the status is of Adam Lanza's computer hard drive, which was smashed/damaged/destroyed by a hammer/screwdriver/sharp object that left data on it irretrievable/able to be recovered, according...

July 31, 2012  10:47 AM

Don’t Have an Encryption Key? Go to Jail

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
encryption, government, law enforcement, privacy

Christian Szell: Is it safe?... Is it safe? Babe: You're talking to me? Christian Szell: Is it safe? Babe: Is what safe? Christian Szell: Is it safe? Babe: I don't know what you mean. I can't tell you something's safe or not, unless I know specifically what you're talking...

March 29, 2012  3:40 PM

Romney Campaign Apparently Planned Ahead for Stolen Laptops

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
government, law enforcement, privacy, Security

We've heard this sort of story before (here, and

May 18, 2011  11:22 PM

Researcher Files FTC Complaint Against Dropbox

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
dropbox, encryption, law enforcement, privacy, protect-ip

Well, the other Dropbox shoe has, uh, dropped. In response to last month's revelation that the Dropbox file sharing service can't actually...

May 12, 2011  11:06 PM

The ‘Lost or Seized Laptop Data’ Case for the Chromebook

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
encryption, government, law enforcement

A lot of my friends spent the day scoffing at the notion that anybody would spend $28 a month (for a business user), $20 a month (for a student), or almost $500 to outright purchase a Chromebook, a netbook...

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April 24, 2011  8:08 PM

If Dropbox Opens Encryption to Law Enforcement, Should Only the Guilty Worry?

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
dropbox, encryption, government, law enforcement

When you absolutely, positively have to keep people from being able to look at your data, what do you do? Last week a number of people were surprised to find out that the popular cloud storage site Dropbox, which had advertised itself as encrypting its data so thoroughly that even its employees...


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