Identifying Dread Pirate Roberts
According to court documents, Dread Pirate Roberts was identified because a CAPTCHA service used on the Silk Road login page leaked the users' true location.
Posted on September 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Not only is thermite remarkably hard to ignite--hardly something that you want to rely upon for emergency data destruction--but rigging it up like that is illegal on so many levels it's not even funny anymore. We're talking charges like booby trapping as well as arson. Committing multiple felonies in front of a police officer isn't exactly the best way to defend yourself from criminal charges.
Besides, why go through all that effort when you could just keep a disk encryption key in RAM and zero the key the moment tamper sensors are tripped? You don't have to destroy the disk, just the keys.
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