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Microsoft Gives Backdoor to Law Enforcement

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posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 10:29 PM
Anyone see this yet?

Apparently, they're giving out special USB keys that simply get around Microsoft's security, allowing the holder of the key to very quickly get forensic information (including internet surfing history), passwords and supposedly encrypted data off of a laptop. While you can understand why police like this, the very fact that the backdoor is there and that a bunch of these USB keys are out there pretty much guarantees that those with nefarious intent also have such keys.

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posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 10:34 PM
Yet when one reads further it becomes a much less nefarious revelation...

COFEE, according to forensic folk who have used it, is simply a suite of 150 bundled off-the-shelf forensic tools that run from a script. None of the tools are new or were created by Microsoft. Microsoft simply combined existing programs into a portable tool that can be used in the field before agents bring a computer back to their forensic lab

Nothing "new" here.. a repackaging perhaps but nothing new...

[edit on 24-9-2008 by 12m8keall2c]

posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 10:39 PM
Blasted Dial up lol I'm always the last to find out.

posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 10:52 PM
There have been linux based hacks that run on bootable media for years that will crack and reset all known passwords to null in the windows registry. I have never used them for unlawful reasons, but the one I have was written for WIN NT, which is what all of the models have been built on since 2000.

There are also a host of extraction tools on the web that can pull deleted data off of a hard drive as long as the sectors have not yet been over written. This goes for internet history as well. Even if you clean your online and offline cache files, they are still written to the disk until they are over written by something else.

The flipside to that is to not trust the 'delete' function or 'recycle bin' function for windows. Rather, search out a file deletion program that will wipe the data instead of reallocate the data.

In the end, the best way to keep yourself safe from something like this is to simply not break the law or give them a reason to come looking for you.


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