Thursday, April 10, 2008

Excuse me, but is that liquid nitrogen in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

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I'm at RSA and one of the things I'm doing is visiting various booths, talking to customers, etc. I'll be posting about a number of things over the next few days but when I saw this I started to laugh...

The background for this is the "cooled RAM attack" which you may have read about:

The new attacks exploit the fact that information stored in a computer’s temporary working memory, or RAM, does not disappear immediately when a computer is shut off or when the memory chip is taken from the machine, as is commonly thought. Under normal circumstances, the data gradually decays over a period of several seconds to a minute. The process can be slowed considerably using simple techniques to cool the chips to low temperatures.

Fortunately, the folks from SecureDoc and Seagate have solved this problem through software. I solved it without spending a nickel with the additional benefit of increasing both my physical fitness and cardiovascular system:

If I happen to see someone coming at me (or my laptop), towing a vat of liquid nitrogen I run away, quickly.

If there was an award for the stupidest marketing campaign I'd nominate this one.

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