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Old 05-11-2017, 01:28 AM   #1
TakenItEasy
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cleansing a thumb drive?

Is there a safe method to either cleanse a corrupted thumb drive or recover files safely

Assume:
Drive state is unknown but hackers have unlimited resources, and possessed drive for several months.

a few examples of past actions thats not representative of the worst things theyve done which I won't mention here.
Remotely overclocked CPU GPU to an extreme state, bricking a 3K machine.
Highjacked a $10k bank transfer between two personal accounts different banks.
Returned the money 10 days later to the wrong accounts.

What started the hacks.
I started a rig-proofing poker project to possibly sway state legislation, allieviate player concerns. which I got to a working state before the project was targeted specifically by persistent hackers.

At some point after realizing who they were, perhaps a year later, I was trying to see their motive to Essentially Brick my life,

I thought about the project they targeted origionally and realized it could deal cards securely with perfect encryption without needing to share private keys.

Thats when I realized .that cards could be replaced by messages though it was never my intent to create a secure trust no one messaging platform.

projects I tused to defend myself became new threats, such as discovering potentially perfect security methods against remote hackers.

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Old 05-11-2017, 12:08 PM   #2
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Re: cleansing a thumb drive?

If the rest of what you say is accurate, I don't know that I'd ever trust that thumbdrive. Are there unique source or document files you're looking to recover from the drive? What would the time/dollar cost be to recreate them?
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Old 05-11-2017, 11:49 PM   #3
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Re: cleansing a thumb drive?

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Is there a safe method to either cleanse a corrupted thumb drive or recover files safely
I supposed you could access it from a non-windows computer. It's trivial to drop linux on a system.

In any case people with windows should be creating reliable backups with good quality software such as Macrium Reflect.
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Old 05-12-2017, 01:25 AM   #4
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Re: cleansing a thumb drive?

OP states that the drive was in the hands of hostile parties for a lengthy period of time. If there is not unique, non-reproducible data on the drive of substantial value, it should be considered permanently compromised and either given to authorities investigating the issue or destroyed.
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Old 05-13-2017, 07:34 AM   #5
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Re: cleansing a thumb drive?

It all started when I created a riggproof poker dealing platform to induce online poker legislation, repair trust issues, make it easy to regulate, etc.

I saw it as a win/win/win. That was the initial target.

The more I was hacked the more I created novel types of security.
like hack proof FDs and nearly created a bootable win7 FD which would have been very tough to hack, but MSFT prvented it.

HD, Ext Bu, 2 iphones, 1 android, 1iPad, and 3 cloud accounts all hacked, wiped, so FDs were all I had left. I cloned coppies. but couldnt do much else.

about a year into it I tried to figuren out what the deal was with that secure dealing platform was.

Eventially I figured out it could be used for a secure messaging platform just repace cards with messages.
no trusted third party, no shared keys, perfect encryption, central platform prevents man in the middle attacks.

looking back:
They started the hacks with potential secure messaging platform,
Then continued hacks with every innovative action I took
They never stopped.

CALL me persistent colateral damage.

IP is all original, unique, every piece of IP I created for 20 years.
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Old 05-14-2017, 10:25 PM   #6
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Re: cleansing a thumb drive?

Buy a refurb desktop, install a Linux image with drive recovery tools, disconnect it from any and all networks, remove wifi if installed. Connect the drive, use tools to make a block copy image of the drive to work with. Disconnect and safely store the drive. Attempt recovery on the captured image. If you recover data, scan with AV/Malware tools then copy to a password secured archive before copying off the quarantine box. Copy pw protected archive to a different USB drive, then copy in to a VM. Unpack, rescan with malware and av tools. This is still not zero risk, you have to make the call if the data is worth the risk.
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