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May 6, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

SEVEN-LEVEL WIPE...Is "seven-level wipe" about to become the latest entry in the Bush scandal lexicon? Steve Benen has the details.

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Posted by: Joshua Norton on May 6, 2008 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

Where's Al to put some positive spin on this?

Posted by: slanted tom on May 6, 2008 at 3:10 PM | PERMALINK

These people have changed the old saw of "not knowing to laugh or cry" into just crying about every thing we find out about them.

Posted by: R.L. on May 6, 2008 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

Curse you, Joshua Norton!
Took the words right of of my, um...

Posted by: thersites on May 6, 2008 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry dude. But with "Bush" and "wipe" in the same article, where else can the mind go?

Posted by: Joshua Norton on May 6, 2008 at 3:25 PM | PERMALINK

Sigh. Typical Republican. Claim government promotes waste and then prove it.

He spent over $1000 for an outsider when a simple google search shows numerous program he could have bought for under $30 and done the job himself.

Posted by: Tripp on May 6, 2008 at 3:26 PM | PERMALINK

If I managed a grocery store, I'd place a sample roll of each toilet paper we sold, so the customer could feel each before buying.

Ease up slightly. I've got buyer's remorse.

Posted by: absent observer on May 6, 2008 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

"numerous program he could have bought for under $30 and done the job himself."

True. Evidence Eliminator defaults to "7" for the DOD standard and will let you chose up to 9.

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Posted by: Jet on May 6, 2008 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

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BTW, if you use the McAfee AV it has a 'shredder' in the tools section which at the comprehensive level makes seven passes and the custom level allows up to 10 passes.
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Posted by: Jet on May 6, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

The story is a complex web unless you postulate that Bloch's 'investigations' were shams designed to run interference on the major scandals, and some boy-scout at the FBI put together a case that senior JD officials couldn't credibly stop.

Posted by: kis on May 6, 2008 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

"numerous program he could have bought for under $30 and done the job himself."

True. Evidence Eliminator defaults to "7" for the DOD standard and will let you chose up to 9.

According to the UCSD Center for Magnetic Recording Research, a free program like their own HDDErase, or HDAT2 will use the built-in Secure Erase feature of your drive to render it laboratory-unrecoverable in one pass, and that multi-pass eraseing is obsolete, due to the SoTA of modern drives. I'd think they oughtta know...

Posted by: Doozer on May 6, 2008 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

A seven layer wipe is officially known as "American DoD 5220-22.M Standard Wipe" and there's a free program called Darik's Boot and Nuke that will do one for you. No need to waste a grand of taxpayer dollars to cover your tracks, just wipe it yourself for free.

Posted by: e. nonee moose on May 6, 2008 at 4:48 PM | PERMALINK

Mr. Norman always complains about wipes. He says at his age it gets messier and harder to do. I'm glad I'm his assistant and not his clothes washer.

Posted by: Peej on May 6, 2008 at 4:48 PM | PERMALINK

Is there anyone in the Bush administration who isn't a crook or a fuckup? Haven't they set some sort of record?

Posted by: searcy on May 6, 2008 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

I’m a sysadmin for a large avionics company and the seven layer wipe, also known as a DOD wipe, is standard procedure for us for any decommissioned system.

It is not, however, appropriate for ridding yourself of a virus. That is akin to setting fire to an entire housing subdivision to rid yourself of some weeds.

Posted by: Polonius19 on May 6, 2008 at 5:26 PM | PERMALINK

Hey look! Peej is here. What happened to Norman Peej? Ya kill him yet?

And why is he blocking us libruls from his page?

Posted by: optical weenie on May 6, 2008 at 5:37 PM | PERMALINK

We'd need to do a seven-level wipe to get the Bush Admin stink out of Washington.
Let's see if this FBI raid will make Drudge.

Posted by: Q on May 6, 2008 at 5:44 PM | PERMALINK

BTW, I thought the CIA could measure disks for varying levels of magnetization (not just binary traces), so a complex step value of residual magnetism might be something the very best lab could still read and interpret to a reasonable degree?

Posted by: Q on May 6, 2008 at 5:46 PM | PERMALINK

@Q that's why they do the wipe seven times. One wipe isn't enough to avoid detection. Any by the way, the CIA doesn't have this technology, it's commercially available. See the google re "hard disk recovery".

Posted by: Scott Shorter on May 6, 2008 at 7:53 PM | PERMALINK

Too bad Rush didn't know about seven-level wipes. He might have been able to enlist after all.

Posted by: Quaker in a Basement on May 6, 2008 at 8:10 PM | PERMALINK

Quaker in a Basement 8:10 PM:
Too bad Rush didn't know about seven-level wipes. He might have been able to enlist after all.

We might as well all quit now. But first, I need some sort of wipe to get the coffee off my keyboard.

Posted by: thersites on May 6, 2008 at 9:56 PM | PERMALINK

But first, I need some sort of wipe to get the coffee off my keyboard.

I need something to wipe the stain of your hate speech from my blog, sir.

Are you working on that tolerance thing? Or do you go out and beat up people to get past your own failings as a human being?

Posted by: Norman Rogers on May 7, 2008 at 10:36 AM | PERMALINK

Is "seven-level wipe" about to become the latest entry in the Bush scandal lexicon?

Truly bizarre, isn't it.

Haven't heard CNN, FOX or Tim Russert mention the words "seven-level wipe" yet? But hey, Rev. Jeremiah Wright's name is all over the place, still.

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