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Comment Re:Where did the money come from? (Score 1) 160

Money laundering is obscuring where money came from. If you walk into a bank with $3M in cash, its going to be noticed. However, if you sell a ton of $Drug for $3M cash, and own a cash-heavy / inventory-light business such as a strip-club or casino, you inject the cash into that business over time with fake transactions and treat it as ordinary income. You pay taxes on it and to everyone it looks like you are operating a particularly successful business, and you have legit cash in the bank.

In this way you've obscured that the money came from an illicit deal and made it appear legitimate. Any business that can do a lot of turnover without a lot of inventory (as someone might notice if your bar is doing a ton of business but never buying inventory) is a candidate.

For larger non-cash sums you can do things with offshore fake businesses; make a 'startup' offshore, then sell it to another offshore entity and bank the cash / declare it on your taxes. The fact that it didn't really exist is hard for on-shore regulators to notice, and now you've got a bunch of legit taxes-paid cash in your wallet. describes some more schemes.

Comment Combination (Score 1) 229

RAID to protect against local storage failure (not a backup per se), ongoing CrashPlan backup for the desktops, AWS EBS Snapshots for the AWS volumes, and AWS Glacier copies of the really irreplaceable stuff (in addition to the prior). The Glacier components are gpg'd and .par2'd just in case there is some sort of bitrot in whatever storage mechanism they use.

Comment Re:Jury Decisions Do Not Create Precedent (Score 1) 243

A jury case can set precedent -- in a particular set of circumstances, the court case went a certain way. In future cases lawyers may reference this case when explaining how their side should win. See It may not be 'binding' and the details will determine how easy it is to equate future cases with this one, but it still goes into the legal record and you can be sure it'll be referenced if it is helpful to someones case.

Comment Re:Which lie did the FBI tell? (Score 1) 99

Sovereign Immunity is not a blank check. The FBI (or any other agency) cannot have the legal authority to trump the legal process by contract. That would allow them to trump discovery in any court case by constructing contracts that prevent disclosure.

"Your Honor, your order to produce the basis for the evidence against the plantiff is trumped by our contract with party X to not disclose that." Nope.

It would work if they actually don't have that information, not if they 'promised' not to disclose it.

Comment Re:Don't see the problem (Score 2) 400

Being pedantic, but there is no 'sufficiently complex' about a one-time pad. Either the pad is actually random or it is not, and either it is used properly (ie never reused), or it is not.

If it is actually random and never reused, the cipherhtext is beyond virtually unbreakable -- it absolutely unbreakable. The message can be decoded with equal probability into anything.

seed from 8 bytes to 24 bytes to be reasonably secure.

This is not a OTP, it is something else. Your seed is the input to a pseudorandom number generator which is creates the encryption key. Since it is a PRNG it does not achieve the perfect security of a true random OTP. describes the issue with trying to generate a OTP with a PRNG.

Given your statement about seed strength but not knowing what tool it is, I'd be very concerned that your effective key strength is significantly less than commodity GPG offers.

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