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Man Swallows USB Flash Drive Evidence 199

SlideRuleGuy writes "In a bold and bizarre attempt to destroy evidence seized during a federal raid, a New York City man grabbed a flash drive and swallowed the data storage device while in the custody of Secret Service agents. Records show Florin Necula ingested the Kingston flash drive shortly after his January 21 arrest outside a bank in Queens. A Kingston executive said it was unclear if stomach acid could damage one of their drives. 'As you might imagine, we have no actual experience with someone swallowing a USB.' I imagine that would be rather painful. But did he follow his mother's advice and chew thoroughly, first? Apparently not, as the drive was surgically recovered."


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Man Swallows USB Flash Drive Evidence

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  • by wiredog ( 43288 ) on Wednesday March 03, 2010 @12:41PM (#31347014) Journal

    Couldn't they just wait for it to move through?

  • by fusiongyro ( 55524 ) <faxfreemosquito&yahoo,com> on Wednesday March 03, 2010 @01:20PM (#31347588) Homepage

    Sure it does. Printing money steals from everyone else with the currency. If you have some amount of value or wealth in your country in terms of goods and land, and suddenly there's twice as much money in circulation, everything would suddenly have to cost twice as much for the same amount of value to be exchanged. In essence, by introducing twice as much money into circulation, the money printer has just stolen half the wealth from all users of the currency. The same thing happens for trivial amounts of money, the effect just isn't as pronounced. The first time it's used the money has the same value as it used to. So the effect is especially nasty because it takes a while to materialize.

    I actually knew someone whose job was to negotiate with dictators in African countries to trade $1M for some large quantity of newly printed money in the local currency. He'd then take that money and spend it on as much stuff as he could, take it to America and sell it at a profit. The dictator is happy to have a big pile of almost universally accepted US currency and doesn't understand (or care about) economics well enough to understand that he's just helped someone steal both goods and the intangible value of his country's currency.

  • by HungryHobo ( 1314109 ) on Wednesday March 03, 2010 @01:30PM (#31347714)

    Seems like a bit of an over complex solution when you could
    High volume+ effeceint:
    encrypt the drive.
    encrypt the drive with some deniable style system like truecrypt.

    lower volume high secrecy:
    carry around a USB key full of your holiday snaps.... and hide an encrypted drive in the least significant bits of the photos.

  • I'm surprised they left it in there that long. PCB's have a lot of materials in them that are extremely hazardous to your health. The PCB itself is compressed fiberclass impregnated with thermosetting plastics or other resins.

    It's just nasty shit.

  • by dissy ( 172727 ) on Wednesday March 03, 2010 @03:07PM (#31348882)

    Isn't this man considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law?

    No, not at all. He is in America, and we don't do that sort of thing anymore.

  • by guardiangod ( 880192 ) on Wednesday March 03, 2010 @04:36PM (#31350034)

    I think the confusion stems from the fact that we are talking about money (even though it's not real).

    A better example would be instead you getting counterfeit money, you are trading for a fake Rolex watch.

    So you trade your car for a watch you thought worth $1000. After the trade you found out its real value is $10. Would you call that theft?
    Wait a second I think there is a term for this kind of situation...I think it's something that rhyme with 'floor'....It's fraud!
      Is fraud the same as theft? That's the argument you are having. The effect is the same in which you are deprive of $990, but is it theft?
    Personally, like you, I don't think so, even though the end result is the same; but that's just a technicality.

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