Wednesday, May 04, 2011

What's on Osama Bin Laden's Hard Drive? Hopefully a Lot. | Arik Hesseldahl | NewEnterprise | AllThingsD

Sign of the times

Among the items seized at Abbottabad, according to numerous reports, are hard drives, DVDs and other “electronic equipment.” CNN has a more detailed inventory here. The amount of information found is being described as “impressive” by CIA Director Leon Pannetta, and analysts are digging through it now to see who they can smoke out next.

Often it turns out that terrorists are just as sloppy as the rest of us when it comes to using computers. They make up easy-to-guess passwords, don’t go to the effort to encrypt their sensitive files and leave unencrypted documents in directories where they’re easy to find. With any luck, there is among the collected digital detritus something that will lead to several repeat performances by Seal Team Six.

What's on Osama Bin Laden's Hard Drive? Hopefully a Lot. | Arik Hesseldahl | NewEnterprise | AllThingsD

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