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The microcontroller (a really tiny computer) in the HSM prevents it - your computer (or whatever device is talking to the HSM) can't directly interact with the memory chip that holds the keys, it has to go through the microcontroller which will allow you to do some operations using the keys (that microcontroller will do the operation and just give you the ...


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Here's a whitepaper from logitech on the technology. They seem to believe it is secure, and apparently the two devices are paired at the factory. The actual key never gets broadcast. It has a short range of about 33 feet. It certainly isn't 100%, but if you're worried about the NSA... I doubt this is your biggest problem. A regular keyboard is most likely ...


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Basically you cannot win against malicious firmware. For anything on the disk, you can boot up a Linux from a CD or USB stick, and proceed to carpet the disk with zeros with a subtle dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda. For firmware, you are out, unless you unsolder all the Flash chips, flash them with code of your own, and solder them back -- not a realistic ...


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SyncStop I saw some discussion about a device like this a while back; it was being called "USB Condom". Looks like they've changed the name to SyncStop. At the moment they have an ongoing Kickstarter campaign. SyncStop Vs power-only USB cable? It's not clear to me how SyncStop is different from a "power only USB cable" (as @DavidWachtfogel mentioned), ...


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Disclaimer, my info is old, I haven't tried this in a while. If the disks support hardware based FDE or Bulk Data Encryption, and you have an integrated lights out or similar capabiltiy on your server, you can try booting to this utility and executing a secure erase. http://www.fitzenreiter.de/ata/ata_eng.htm (not free for commercial use, etc.) If I ...


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Most microphones are visible as a small hole in the computer case. You can drive (slowly) a strong pin through it until it ceases to function (if the microphone is soldered directly to the motherboard, then there is some risk of damaging other components; this is safer if the microphone is, like mine, located over the screen, just beside the webcam). ...



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