Re: PRIVACY: MSIExplorer email spy file

Eugene Leitl (
Sun, 16 Mar 1997 09:43:03 +0100 (MET)

On Sat, 15 Mar 1997, schoolbus wrote:
> [...]
> Even the PGP overwriting? I can't remember what it said, but it claims
> to be efficient at this. I mean, not like I expect the Feds to come
> running in and doing a search on my hard-drive, so I would assume it
> would keep most people out of it, correct? I suppose, though, if they
> can revive a hard drive that's been tossed in a deep river, and regain

We are talking about two different things here: hard drive encryption, or
repeated overwriting to reduce residual magnetisation. Both breaking
long-key PGP, and scanning the (say, deep-formatted) drive are costly
undertakings, not to be applied to a random miscreant. So, unless you are
a major drug baron, or into mass destruction weaponry, you can sleep
quite safely.


> most of the data on it, then they should be able to recover the wiped
> data, eh? So, how the hell do you get rid of the data? Smash the hard
> drive? Burn it? Is anyone aware of the efficiency of the PGP wipe
> compared to other commercial software?

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