Tags: asshats, computers, dell, government, hacking, law, national-security, terrorism
…the Dell rep shows up and goes to work, and all goes well. … As he’s walking out the door, he says “by the way, it looks like the hard drive they (Dell) sent you wasn’t a new one …”
Dell actually gave me a hard-drive straight from the Department of Defense.
Un-freaking-believable. This means that, at some point, one of three things occurred:
- A Dell rep walked out of a DoD facility with a hard drive, ignoring the usual disposal procedures
- A DoD employee sent their laptop to Dell, ignoring the usual disposal procedures
- The DoD upgraded a series of leased laptops, ignoring the usual disposal procedures
A little over a week ago, a law enforcement official called me to hack into a seized notebook. In under thirty seconds, I found the Administrator account (they had changed it — just like the DoD does), erased its password and reset the account protection on the file system. I then logged into Safe Mode as the Administrator, deleted the passwords on the client accounts, handed it back to said law enforcement official and said, “Have fun with that.” I got my $125, and went my merry way.
Sure, not everyone can do it that quickly, but I know there are plenty of people out there who are perfectly capable of doing what I did. Distributing Department of Defense hard drives to people with that kind of know-how could certainly be a serious risk to National Security.
In my book, at least three people need to be held accountable for that kind of screw up.