Feeds

Win-XP as terrorist tool story contradicted

Vulture victim bites back in the best way

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Computer forensics specialist Michael Anderson, who we suspected of exaggerating the threat of Win-XP's secure file-wipe feature for personal gain, contacted us to contradict our reading of his position.

Briefly, the forensics outfit (New Technologies) president had gone on record denouncing the secure file-wipe feature in Win-XP Pro as a feature that will "make it impossible for federal agents and law enforcement to find and reconstruct digital evidence buried on computers, particularly those seized from terrorists."

He recommends that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) force a delay of the 'XP launch until law enforcement can figure out a dodge against it.

In that we smelled a conflict of interest. The man sells forensics tools, after all, and their effectiveness is sorely threatened by an OS featuring a default wipe of deleted files.

We said he'd have to be "a damnable bastard for trading on the WTC outrage to muscle the DoJ into accommodating his rickety cash cow."

Which he would.

Only Anderson insists that his sole motive here is the law-enforcement angle. He can't prove it and we can't verify it, but he's taken pains to assert it.

What I like here is that Anderson has not whined; has not accused us of calumny; has not defensively retreated to communication by means of some babbling, well-scrubbed flack.

He handled it instead in a most manly fashion -- which gains points with me any day. He e-mailed and simply said that I'd read him wrong. I replied with my phone number, and we talked.

OK, I like the guy. I can't say he's right -- only he and God know his true beliefs and motives; but I am a sucker for a man who can take a hard shot and keep his cool.

Whether I pegged him or not, it's been a delightful experience. I look forward to attacking him again at the earliest opportunity. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Google recommends pronounceable passwords
Super Chrome goes into battle with Mr Mxyzptlk
Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
Internet of Stuff securo-cockups strike yet again
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator
We just might notice if you cut our cables
Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign
Claim of tapped undersea cable refuted by Kiwi PM as Kim claims extradition plot
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.