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Yep, that's precisely what I was trying to get across. If the data is on your machine, its presumed to be yours unless you can prove that there's cause to believe that someone else put it there. This dovetails nicely with what I was saying above, i.e. the prosecutor is out to convict you. He or she is going to whatever data he or she can find in order to do that. The solution do this is not to plant more incriminating data, but to wipe out as much data as possible, giving the prosecutor no hooks to hang a case on.
On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 10:27 PM, Thor (Hammer of God) <Thor@hammerofgod.com
> It depends on what you define "plausible deniability" as. Sometimes it
> just doesn't matter. At an industry event here in Seattle, a guy working
> for the state prosecutors office was speaking on this very subject - that of
> forensic collection of data on a system and the "presumption" of guilt.
> I posed the question of "how do you know that the data actually originated
> from actions of the user as opposed to someone who could have been using the
> system for their own means, or someone trying to plant false data? How do
> you prevent one from impugning your findings?"
> He said, "Well, we're not stupid." I'm serious. I was extremely
> disappointed in that answer, and it basically said, "it doesn't really
> matter what we find on the system- we're not stupid, and if the data is
> there, it means you did it." I was appalled.
> All you have is "deniability." This method doesn't make it "plausible" to
> anyone but you, which doesn't matter. If you want any level of meaningful
> "plausible deniability" then leave your wireless open and have your system
> riddled with bots.
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> > Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] Disk wiping -- An alternate approach?
> > ok, this all adds nothing but another layer of plausible deniability
> > to ANY data found in your computer....
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