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    Default Real spies still use floppies!

    USB keys? Leave that to the movies. Want to steal data? Use a floppy.

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    A friend who worked in the "Blue Cube" was prevented from taking media out of or bringing media into his project work space. So he just downloaded what he needed into his HP41C calculator. Security thought it was just a calculator.

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    Almost anywhere it's ridiculously easy to get data past the security desk if you're so inclined.
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    Same in commercial companies, IP is easy to steal.
    And the bigger the company the easier it is.
    It's all about the wrong person at the right place at the right time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carangil View Post
    USB keys? Leave that to the movies. Want to steal data? Use a floppy.
    You have to admit that floppies are getting pretty obscure in many people's view. What's interesting is that this was a clear way to transfer files from a computer which was set up to be "secure". The part that gets me is that this computer would have been set up by an (either military or civilian) IT worker with some speciality in security. That this person (or persons) considered security by obscurity to be sufficient for military purposes, speaks volumes about the state of computer security nowadays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crypticalcode0 View Post
    Same in commercial companies, IP is easy to steal.
    ????? Wanna clarify that?
    * If you're looking for DS/DD or DS/HD 3.5" or 5.25" floppy disks, PM me. I've got plenty of new, used and reformatted/overlabled disks for sale. *
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    Even with the state we disabled removable media or removed any floppy/cdrom drives from public access systems. It's getting more and more tricky though with the number of devices that one can store data on (i.e phone). I know a lot of secure facilities where you aren't allowed to even take your phone into the data center with you and don't allow cameras on any devices (phone with camera gets locked up until you sign out, etc). I guess some minor oversights on their part obviously. Even my current employer we require systems all have full drive encryption and they'll automatically encrypt removable media (which some folks end up bricking their phones or data when they're new). Pretty surprising though for a security minded location.
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    IP = Intellectual Property
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    Thanx, pat. The last time I looked it was Internet Protocol.
    * If you're looking for DS/DD or DS/HD 3.5" or 5.25" floppy disks, PM me. I've got plenty of new, used and reformatted/overlabled disks for sale. *
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    Quote Originally Posted by patscc View Post
    IP = Intellectual Property
    patscc
    Oh good. I'm not very smart so I've got nothing to loose, but I was afraid somebody would try to steal 192.168.1.1 from me.
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