data remanence (was: Some legal trouble with TOR in France)

Michael Holstein michael.holstein at
Mon May 15 00:29:06 UTC 2006

 > There are methods (and they are used) to read data from a overwritten
 > disk.

Has anyone tried creating a (ro) flash-boot linux system for TOR with 
all the (rw) stuff mounted in RAM ?

Such a device would raise the bar quite a bit, no? (AFIK, there is no 
data remanence problem with DRAM .. unless $they can stop the clock and 
keep power applied).

(seeing the $agency come in with a UPS and trying to splice the A/C 
without shutting it off, and then carrying out the server on battery 
power conjures up memories of a certian Seinfield episode).


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