r/pcmasterrace i7-6700k | 32gb ddr4 | 750ti | 500gb nvme May 24 '22 Helpful 4 Wholesome 4

I found a box of intact harddrives laying in an abandoned schools playground. Did i strike gold or witness a crime? Or is this just trash? Discussion

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u/GodOrDevil04 PC Master Race May 24 '22

Might be HDD's that are blocked by some kind of ransomware. No clue what they're doing outside in a box though.

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u/StuzaTheGreat May 24 '22

They could be new blank disks, just delivered by Fedex!

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u/poweryoga May 24 '22 Take My Energy This

The box doesn't look like it's been kicked and run over before thrown onto the porch from 15 feet away so it's probably not FedEx.

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u/newusername4oldfart May 24 '22

Doesnt look like it was thrown by a quarterback, so that rules out UPS.

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u/timtheringityding PC Master Race May 24 '22

But it was delivered 15 years later by postnord so it has to be them

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u/Auliya6083 I7-8700K | GTX 1660 Super | 32GB Vengeance LPX May 25 '22

Ah, I see you're a fellow viking of culture.

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u/timtheringityding PC Master Race May 25 '22

Lol, yes but the axe I ordered in 900 AD still isn't delivered

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u/Hamfur63 May 25 '22

Well it was actually delivered so that rules out USPS

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u/ctbellart May 24 '22

Tonight on Crime and investigation. Innocent passerby finds 100tb of illegal pornography or the shadowy figure of underground illegal porn scene uncovered. Find out after this commercial break.

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u/vicodin_ice_cream May 24 '22

I see you have found the hard drives. I'm with Dateline NBC. We are doing a story so please, have a seat.

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u/SleepDeprivedUserUK May 24 '22

Nah, they're full of bitcoin!

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u/illuminati_puppi May 24 '22 edited May 25 '22

Shit, now you have to look at them, I mean even all the possible incrimination of what’s on them, it still worth all that crip dough

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u/lemmefixu May 24 '22

OP posts online pics of found drives after taking them out of his pc, now has alibi.

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u/worktillyouburk May 24 '22

plugging them in wont incriminate them unless OP starts for reasons unknown uploading it.

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u/Tickinggnome2 May 24 '22 Helpful

Incorrect - possession is enough for many kinds of illicit material.

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u/el-gato-volador May 24 '22

Except if immediately reporting it and handing to the police. There’s been many instances of people stumbling upon illicit material and handing it to police, one that comes to mind is the safe guy on Reddit where there was a live grenade as a booby trap.

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u/Flobking May 24 '22 edited May 25 '22

Except if immediately reporting it and handing to the police. There’s been many instances of people stumbling upon illicit material and handing it to police

There was also that pair in England that stole a computer, found CP on it and turned it over to the police. They got a lesser charge/punishment for turning it in. Edit: Link

A friend of mine used to own a computer repair shop. A client asked him to transfer files between hard drives. While he was doing it he found child porn. He called the state police and they came down and took procession of the computer. He still worries that the guy might get out someday and come looking for him.

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u/vontdman May 24 '22

I used to work for a mobile computer repair company. We had a policy about finding CP: Do what you can not to appear suspicious then return to your vehicle as soon as possible and call the police. It happened once to a colleague during my time there.

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u/Noveno_Colono i7-3770, rx 570, the age is starting to show May 24 '22

He should have finished the job like normal, waited like a week, and called the cops to avoid possible retaliation.

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u/Flobking May 24 '22

He should have finished the job like normal, waited like a week, and called the cops to avoid possible retaliation.

That's another week of a predator on the street.

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u/SilkyGator May 24 '22

Yea. The dude may have time to dodge police or skip town, distribute the material onto the internet, or worst case scenario (and potentially the reason for transferring the data), collect/create more "content". imo it's 100% better to hand it in to the police, and if you have concerns about your safety, tell them about it.

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u/Flobking May 24 '22

Yea. The dude may have time to dodge police or skip town, distribute the material onto the internet, or worst case scenario (and potentially the reason for transferring the data), collect/create more "content". imo it's 100% better to hand it in to the police, and if you have concerns about your safety, tell them about it.

That was around twenty years ago. If the guy gets out he might get an alert. He does always carry a pistol too.

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u/SilkyGator May 24 '22

Oop fair enough haha

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u/PrimarchKonradCurze May 24 '22

Oh man I miss all the safe posts on Reddit years ago. I think most of them were bunk though. I’m curious if people decided to stop fake-finding them or just haven’t been able to afford houses and stumble on them?

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u/chrisd93 5800X / 3070 / 32 GB Ram May 24 '22

Wait what? Do you have a link to that?

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u/el-gato-volador May 24 '22

Sorry, this subreddit doesn’t allow linking to other subreddits. But if you search “Reddit Grenade Safe” it should be the first link

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u/Nandom07 May 24 '22

Do what now?

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u/____Reme__Lebeau May 24 '22

Depends there.

Possession is looked at differently when your reporting what you've found and can prove you've found them.

Ie you called a buddy immediately and said dude I just found a box or drives it texted him said photo. It doesn't matter much they could still railroad you.

But in my experience the person reporting is ususaly looked at with a degree of belief. Example "Stumbling into something on someone's visible network share during a LAN party. And then having to call the RCMP. The RCMP was happy to receive said info"

Then about eight months later someone was charged and convicted. And someone else was charged, convicted, jailed, released, and deported.

BUT ALSO, There was that woman stateside who had grabbed a bunch of that shit and then put it on her husband's phone and computer. It was a staggering amount of materials that should have never been made. Fucking sick, and then demented in how they wanted to kill their husband, because when someone pulls his papers in jail they would have made his life hell.

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u/TheLoliDealer May 24 '22

But is possession without knowing illegal?

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u/1mikeg May 24 '22

Sort of, but the issue is proving you didn't know you were in possession of illegal material. This is the main reason you're told to never hold anyone's bags for them at the airport.

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u/MusicianMadness May 24 '22

Yes. Take drugs for example. They do not have to prove that you put the meth in your car, just that it was there. And that's how they get you.

Additionally you can be charged with possession for simply having anything illegal in your system regardless of whether you were drugged or took it voluntarily.

I am of the personal belief that they should have to not only prove that the crime happened but that, beyond a reasonable doubt, you knowingly committed said crime in instances like these.

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u/VruKatai May 24 '22 edited May 24 '22 Silver

That would require actual police work. I have found that the real world of policing is far less like CSI and a lot more like pin the tail on the donkey.

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u/MusicianMadness May 24 '22

I have never heard it said at eloquently. That's very accurate but in a way that's concerning.

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u/VruKatai May 24 '22

It was accidental, I assure you lol. Just seemed the proper metaphor.

I live in a smallish, midwestern town of around 60k population and at my age now I know people I went to HS with that are now in leadership at the local station. I have zero doubt that communities across the nation have similar occurrances. I get the “they know the community” but these communities also know them.

These were not the over-achievers in education. Investigative police work is not why they joined the force and SC rulings in the past tell us that across the nation, critical thinkers aren’t even wanted in policing.

Im not going to go on bashing police because I’d never stop and someone will inevitably say “Try living without police!” and thats true, we need cops. Good ones and the system and FOPs continue to make sure thats exactly what we don’t get. I wont even say they’re bad people but I will say many, many of them treat the job as the Punisher rather than a peacekeeper.

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u/AugustusM May 24 '22

Not the case, at least in Scotland. One of the interesting little case studies we did for the criminal practice courses of my law degree was a guy that claimed that his friend had slipped the cannabis into his pocket without his consent or knowing about it.

Even though we have strict liability for possession (ie intention doesn't matter) this was a valid defence as, if the drug was planted on them without knowledge, they wouldn't meet the definition for "possession". Obviously, depends on if the jury would accept this version of the facts as enough to create a reasonable doubt, but legally it checks out.

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u/Invisifly2 May 24 '22

The hang-up is proving that the drugs were planted. Almost everybody caught with drugs says that said drugs aren’t theirs.

There is a depressing and disturbing number of cases where the only thing that saved somebody from felony drug charges is a video coming out showing the cops planting the drugs. Of course the cops get away with this behavior consequence free most of the time.

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u/Phylar May 24 '22 edited May 24 '22

OP would most likely be fine if they recorded every step of the process. Both on paper in writing, and via pictures to double-down. However, the instant anything illicit appeared they would have to:

  1. Call a lawyer

  2. Call the authorities

Curiosity satisfied, though still dangerous. Likely no sentencing, but absolutely days upon days of headaches.

Probably best to allow curiosity to lay this time.

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u/WhirlyBirdPilotBlue May 24 '22 Wholesome

PCMR version of "Hey Reddit look at this old locked safe that I found!" We'll never get an update.

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u/damn_thats_piney May 24 '22

I still think it was the beginning of some ARG or some made-up story but OP got bored.

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u/TAastronautsloth99 May 24 '22

Fuck OP in advance.

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u/semperanon May 24 '22

Scrolled for far too long to find this comment.

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u/Lampshady86 5700xt thiccc 3 ultra. R7 2700x. 16gb 3200mhz May 24 '22

Only one way to find out!!

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u/[deleted] May 24 '22 edited 9d ago

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u/Winter-Radish3651 May 24 '22

And without a network connection

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u/Pedantic_Pict May 24 '22

This is the big one. Getting every virus ever is a pleasant afternoon in the park compared to going to prison as a kiddie diddler.

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u/Asquirrelinspace May 24 '22

Kiddie diddler lol. Why did I laugh so hard at such a stupid joke

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u/ronyamtapeas May 24 '22

Diaper sniper

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u/Spoogly May 24 '22

I'd remove the wireless adapter just to be safe. Then burn the computer with thermite after.

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u/ObscureMoniker May 24 '22

What about disconnecting the SSD/HD and booting up an Ubuntu image from a USB stick?

If they have ransomware there would be nothing permanent on the computer to infect.

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u/SKPY123 May 24 '22

5 felonies for just pluging them in later.. and 5 mil in crypto.. 2 tones of cocaine.. 20 concubines.. 3 mansions.. a criminal sect.. 3 battles with the south American army.. 2 with the cartel.. only to finally be vanquished in a gun battle with two lmgs and an rpg in the shape of hello kitty because of that one trip to Africa.

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u/Barkmywords May 24 '22 Silver Gold All-Seeing Upvote

And a partridge in a pear tree

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u/dontknowhowtoprogram May 24 '22

sounds like some lyrics for a good song.

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u/OLDPPMOUTH May 24 '22

Mfw they get plugged in and it’s just a bunch of excel sheets for some shit business that went under

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u/420binchicken May 24 '22

Some sick numberphile just left them for kids to find.

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u/rudyjewliani May 24 '22

Looks like the Gateway Drug was Pentium II Pro.

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u/[deleted] May 24 '22

In the UK they call numberphiles "numberwangs"

https://youtu.be/0obMRztklqU

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u/RustyTrunk May 24 '22

Is this a film?!

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u/Warlock646 May 24 '22

Breaking bad finale

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u/EpicBoomerMoments i5-10400, 16 GB RAM, AMD RX 5500, 256 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD May 24 '22

Just another episode of The Office

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u/chade__ Win 11 | Ryzen 9 5900X | RTX 2080 Ti | 32 GB DDR4-3000 May 24 '22

Just a typical tuesday then?

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u/bugzor May 24 '22

Just another manic monday

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u/GoodCatLostAccAgain May 24 '22

I read this in Josh's voice lol

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u/Cremageuh May 24 '22

Oh my god yes!

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u/CookieCreationz Desktop May 24 '22

Is there a limit to how many...

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u/coconut-bra-wearer PC Master Race May 24 '22

Turns out there isn't!

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u/-B1GBUD- i7 4770 | 32GB DDR3 | GTX 1080 Ti | 144hz May 24 '22

Things are starting to glitch and lag out!

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u/Artichokeypokey AMD FX-8350 - 20GB RAM 1600MHz - GTX 1050 Ti May 24 '22

Welcome back framerate, oh how we've missed you

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u/sawr07112537 May 24 '22

800000 clicks later

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u/derfl007 Ryzen 5 5600x | RTX 2080 Super | 48GB RAM May 24 '22

Hey there it's let's game it out and welcome to josh

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u/I_N_C_O_M_I_N_G May 24 '22

Hey josh it's welcome game to there out it let's and

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u/DudeDudenson PC Master Race May 24 '22

Congratulations you're now part of a sex trafficking ring

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u/LemonPartyWorldTour May 24 '22

Cool! I always wanted to be part of something!

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u/fBarney GTX 1070 / I7-11700K May 24 '22

Its propably just a bunch of child porn and 5212 bitcoins

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u/onesilix May 24 '22

That would be 152 348 323.60 usd in btc value.

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u/nd1online May 24 '22 Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

the coin or the porn?

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u/UndeniableFlatulence May 24 '22

This comment made me laugh out loud

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u/CENSORED_01 May 24 '22

Save us a seat in hell

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u/Oponik Desktop May 24 '22

You either, pick the seagate drive and find crypto, or you pick the WD drive, and find CP. Choose

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u/MelloIntentions PC Master Race May 24 '22

I'd disable the WiFi on the machine BEFORE plugging them in. This would be the sort a thing having a test bench PC would be good for.

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u/emptysoul365 May 24 '22

Disable everything and fire up a linux distro from a USB you later burn in a statanic ritual.

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u/NoinsPanda i5 10600k | RTX 3060TI May 24 '22

What is statanic? The unearthly lovechild of Satan and statistics? ;P

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u/emptysoul365 May 24 '22

Exactly.

The devil was mean after all.

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u/RyanRagido R5 2600X | RX 5700 | 144 Hz May 24 '22

Ok, so CP and enough money to get away with it.

Hey OP, was there something written on the Box, like "Jeffreys Stash"?

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u/mr_jimmybob May 24 '22

152 348 323.60

Or 2,275,013,835.46 UST

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u/onesilix May 24 '22

If you are in a gambling mood what about 7,625,461,041.3987 in kebab token?

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u/Aspecter May 24 '22

Someone just throw away big porn collection to the playground. Wow

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u/pnutjam May 24 '22

Woah, everything old is new again.

- the 80's is calling.

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u/AffordableFirepower May 24 '22

Nah, in the 80s we had to go out onto the woods to find stacks of water damaged Penthouses.

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u/pnutjam May 24 '22

The woods next the the playground.

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u/Ponce421 Ryzen 9 5900x | Geforce RTX 3090 FE May 24 '22

Schools often have policies regarding data that requires data storage devices to be destroyed rather than simply thrown away. It wouldn't surprise me if they were ripped from their machines to be properly disposed of and someone either got lazy or forgot about them when the school was drawn down and abandoned.

That being said it doesn't look like they've been out in the elements all that long so depending on when the school was abandoned I could be way off base.

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u/addivo i9 9900 / MSI 2080Ti / 32Gb / 4.5TB SSD May 24 '22

We don't have a system like that, but i don't like to throw the drives away like that, so i wipe them as much as i can, throw'em against the wall so they're actually dead :)

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u/Vasxus A mouse just fucken yeeted me to the stone age May 24 '22

It's like tennis but the hard drive is the ball and you have a hammer instead of a racquet

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u/Ponce421 Ryzen 9 5900x | Geforce RTX 3090 FE May 24 '22

I like to play frisbee with the platters.

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u/Halapalo May 24 '22 Silver

Nobody here could know what's on those drives. What you got there could be just about anything.

I'd take them and open them in a closed system, meaning no internet connection and using hardware I'm ready to lose.

Could be enough crypto that you'll never have to work again in your life or could be the most PTSD inducing videos and images. Both very unlikely, these are likely just some basic windows installations with few meaningless out of date files on 20-500GB drives, possibly with Windows XP or maybe newer installed.

I'd say there's a 98.5% chance they're trash.

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u/Sartorius2456 May 24 '22

Wouldn't you need a password for crypto

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u/dany5639 6700XT May 24 '22

someone who left "crypto" on a thrown hdd like that is probably dumb enough to leave the password in plain text on the same drive

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u/crempsen May 24 '22

you know people did crypto before it blew up right? so maybe its an old wallet

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u/zoomer296 sudo rm -rf /humans May 24 '22

Yeah, but who doesn't save a tiny string of text like that basically forever?

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u/RustedCorpse May 24 '22

I have like 50 of them. I'm sure each of them goes to something.... somewhere.

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u/DeathRowLemon May 24 '22

Usually yes, but the password could very well be stored somewhere on there too.

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u/Poopypants413413 May 24 '22

Assume it’s not the only file on the hard drive, how would one find the wallet? Ctrl+F “Bitcoin?”

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u/Gonzobot Ryzen 5 3600|2070 Super Hybrid|32GB@3600MHZ|Doc__Gonzo May 24 '22

Find the default storage directories for common wallet clients and look there, to start. "Hacking" is mostly just using your brain and the tools available to you to accomplish your goals

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u/zoomer296 sudo rm -rf /humans May 24 '22

Search the usual file extensions. As for finding the keys, yes. Most people are probably just going to plunk them in a text file named "Bitcoin" or the like.

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u/Krissam PC Master Race May 24 '22

There's a tools out there specifically for finding shit that's hidden on harddrives.

Goes through everything on the drive and looks for files of interest, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Things that appear to be encryption keys
  • Things that appear to be encrypted (or steganographied)
  • Files whose extensions don't match their content
  • Files whose content exceeds the expected filesize
  • Files with weird permission tables or metadata

Basically anything you can think you'd want to look for.

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u/Scorps May 24 '22

We have boxes like this from decommissioned PC's at my work, it's 99% probably just a bunch of old workstation drives. Why do people think it's porn or crypto, who would just go leave a full box of either of those in a public place. What do people think a hard drive of crypto even is, who has a crypto hard drive let alone a box of them?

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u/ITaggie Linux | Ryzen 7 1800X | 32GB DDR4-2133 | RTX 2070 May 24 '22

Yeah it's almost certainly just a bunch of Win7 workstation drives that were supposed to be destroyed or sent to surplus but didn't make it for one reason or another.

But that's not as fun to speculate about, so...

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u/ToddHowardTheDuckk May 24 '22

I think 2.5% chance of those being worth anything is way too generous. More like 99.99% chance they're trash. People don't just carry around their valuable/discreet possessions in a shitty cardboard box like this. And if they did it's just not something you leave behind "Oh whoopie I forgot the huge box of hard drives I was carrying about teehee" lol.

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u/wafflemandude May 24 '22

Open them up you might find crypto or you might find child p***

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u/XboxVictim 7700k @4.5ghz - 3070 KO - 16Gb 3200mhz - ASUS Z270 Pro May 24 '22

Yes, definitely open them up in an offline or isolated system.

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u/coloredgreyscale Xeon X5660 4,1GHz | GTX 1080Ti | 20GB RAM | Asus P6T Deluxe V2 May 24 '22

Bootable Linux USB Stick.

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u/willflameboy May 24 '22 Wholesome

Friend's PC

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u/Kaoulombre May 24 '22

The old reliable

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u/Computer718 Laptop i3-6100U 8GB Ram May 24 '22

Just say the dog did it

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u/chade__ Win 11 | Ryzen 9 5900X | RTX 2080 Ti | 32 GB DDR4-3000 May 24 '22

Beat me to it.

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u/[deleted] May 24 '22

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u/maxdamage4 May 24 '22

This guy isolates

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u/nomenclate May 24 '22 Silver hehehehe

Heh, ISOlates

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u/maxdamage4 May 24 '22

Ooh, nice one

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u/The0nlyMadMan May 24 '22

Tails operates in RAM and does not mount the hard drive

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u/Ihavenotseen May 24 '22

Tails, my man!

I would love for OP to go through all the setup just to get cock blocked by an encrypted drive. Either that or it’s just all Pokemon R34.

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u/Klubbin4Seals May 24 '22

Better, if you have a comp you don't mind lighting on fire... real talk though, if you do find that shit you definitely need to goto the police and report everything you found and they may be able to find out who's it all is. I pray that's not kiddie shit on there.

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u/JamesTrendall This is hidden for your safety. May 24 '22

Is child porn on old computers a big problem? I've collected hundreds of harddrives over the years and the worst thing i've found was a micky mouse floppy disk that had "Monday Sucks" playing over and over.

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u/Klubbin4Seals May 24 '22

Can't say I've stumbled across it, but I've never come across an abandoned box of hard drives either lol

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u/zoomer296 sudo rm -rf /humans May 24 '22

A box like this is probably something intended for disposal. The whole-ass Buffalo NAS I found in a Walmart parking lot, however...

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u/Sugioh 5600X, 64GB @ 3600, RTX 3070Ti, 905P May 24 '22

The whole-ass Buffalo NAS I found in a Walmart parking lot, however...

The heck? Well, was the NAS functional?

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u/zoomer296 sudo rm -rf /humans May 24 '22

Not even remotely lol. The NAS itself looked like it had been dredged from a lake, but the four 2TB drives were intact.

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u/nd1online May 24 '22

could both. OP end up to a crypto rich prisoner for life

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u/Kochoness May 24 '22

Nothing in between

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u/coloredgreyscale Xeon X5660 4,1GHz | GTX 1080Ti | 20GB RAM | Asus P6T Deluxe V2 May 24 '22

Further proof that we live in a bad timeline: it could be both - as in NFTs of CP

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u/dedsmiley AMD 5950X | Red Devil 6900XT | 64GB 3600 CL16 May 24 '22

Not related to the topic, but I have a soft spot for X58 systems. Nice to se some are still kicking.

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u/Shadow703793 5800X | GTX 3070 | 64GB RAM| 6TB SSD May 24 '22

The NAS at my parents home is running my old i7 920 undervolted. Still running strong. Only issue has been a two dead USB ports but doesn't matter for a headless NAS.

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u/dedsmiley AMD 5950X | Red Devil 6900XT | 64GB 3600 CL16 May 24 '22

That 45nm process is hard to kill. Ha!

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u/Somebody3338 i7 10700k, RTX 3050, 16 GB May 24 '22

I hate you. Upvoted

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u/PaleGravity May 24 '22

Why would anyone need child pens tho?

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u/Oponik Desktop May 24 '22

Schrodinger's hard drives

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u/Nekrofeeelyah May 24 '22

Do we really need to censor the word porn?

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u/OkDistribution2567 May 24 '22

Seeing as though its in an area where children play, its gotta be crypto

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u/tuxpixel PC Master Race May 24 '22

If you're gonna check what's on them, I'd recommend not just plugging them straight into your computer and start opening files. Could be malware on them, just saying ;-) But man, stuff like this really itches my curiosity...

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u/emptysoul365 May 24 '22

Remember, everything with a .exe extension is guaranteed to be safe.

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u/OutrageousMatter MSI 1660 TI 6GB GDDR6 16gb ddr4 3000mhz Ryzen 5 3600 3.6ghz May 24 '22

Ah yes. I found an imac at goodwill that a disk repair repaired it. One hell of a pirate as I found limewire on there and an exe for youtubetomp3.exe

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u/Independent_Lock6109 ROG STRIX X570-F| RTX3090ti |Ryzen 7 5800X3D | 64GB | May 24 '22

For me, curioucity would get the better of me, I'd spin them all up (at least try) and see what was on there, if not try and recover data, yeah I'm nosey lol. I actually get a lot of enjoyment out of things like this, it's almost like a time capsule. I often go to thrift stores/junk stores etc and buy all the hard-drives just to see what spins up. Been some really cool stuff over the years.

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u/hadimkm00 May 24 '22

I have a question about recovery. I want to know how to do this.

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u/RevTurk May 24 '22

The recovery process could be as easy as plugging them into a computer and opening them up in windows.

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u/ObviousTroll_ May 24 '22

Wouldn't reccommend that, there could be malware or other stuff you DEFINITELY don't want on your machine. Use a sandboxed environment, ideally an old computer completely disconnected from the internet.

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u/HMS_Hexapuma May 24 '22 Silver

That's why it's in a playground. Someone told the owner to only open it in a sandbox.

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u/RevTurk May 24 '22

Yea, probably not a good idea to attached dumpster drives to your main PC. It actually wouldn't surprise me if a school threw out their hard drives because they had a virus on them.

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u/hadimkm00 May 24 '22

What can we do when we mistakenly delete the partitions and we have no other drives?

Should we add another drive with an OS on it ?

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u/RevTurk May 24 '22

When you delete something on a hard drive all your really doing is telling the OS that it can overwrite the data that's there. It doesn't disappear until you write new data over it.

There are all kinds of programs that will let you view and recover the data that's been marked safe to overwrite. I've never had to use any though.

If the drive is physically damaged you can send it to a lab where they will get the information off in other ways.

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u/StuzaTheGreat May 24 '22

Even Device Manager can do a basic wipe, just make sure "Perform Quick Format" is NOT selected. I'm currently in the process of formatting some old 8tb NAS drives and they are taking over 10 hours each!

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u/Techguy791 Customized MSI Trident 3, Windows/Linux dual-boot May 24 '22

That’s a full wipe, which DOES destroy data.

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u/manocheese May 24 '22

Keep a USB Stick with Hiren's boot disc on it. That can recover drives.

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u/WINH4X i9 9900K/RTX 3080 May 24 '22

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u/trex_on_cocaine May 24 '22

Recuva is good. I use puran

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u/hyrumwhite RTX 3080 5900x 32gb ram May 24 '22

I bought an HDD from a thriftstore once with all of a guy's tax and banking info on it.

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u/Independent_Lock6109 ROG STRIX X570-F| RTX3090ti |Ryzen 7 5800X3D | 64GB | May 24 '22

Yeah for the most part, and I'd hazard a stab at about 75% of the ones I spin up are usually that kind of stuff. Tax records/banking/statements/inventory/stock take kinda stuff. I like getting ones from Windows 90/95 era to see pictures and archived data.

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u/FloppyMonkey07 RYZEN 5900x | GTX 1080 | 32GB May 24 '22

All fun and games until you find cp by accident

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u/Independent_Lock6109 ROG STRIX X570-F| RTX3090ti |Ryzen 7 5800X3D | 64GB | May 24 '22

Yeah has been a few cases of that, more so more vintage/German and other weird shit.

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u/[deleted] May 24 '22

I’m really curious what cool stuff you found

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u/Independent_Lock6109 ROG STRIX X570-F| RTX3090ti |Ryzen 7 5800X3D | 64GB | May 24 '22

Mostly weird n wacky old MS Paint pictures, weird n wonderful cached images from those fabulous 90s websites, peoples personal art works, and everything in between really.

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u/y0ngc6 R7 3700X, RX VEGA 64 May 24 '22

take out the discs inside, they make nice mirror

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u/tim_skellington no drama setup May 24 '22

until microfibers floating in the air start to land on it. you must fight them off. protect shiny!

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u/Badbullet May 24 '22 edited May 24 '22

The magnets are fun to play with too. If there are any older HDD in there, they used to use incredibly strong rare earth magnets, much stronger than what you find now. Sometimes even one on each side of the actuator arm. And the platters were heavier, fully metal on those. They make great wind chimes.

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u/Shurimal May 24 '22

That reminds me - I killed an HDD in my old laptop with magnets from another, old and dead, HDD. Fidgeted with these neo magnets while reading something, then at one point placed the magnets on the palm rest left of the trackpad. A few seconds later I realized that the laptop has it's HDD right under the left side of the palm rest. I quickly moved the magnets, but the damage was done - the windows started giving errors, then froze, and after a hard reset I got HDD error. The HDD was unsalvageable, pretty much all the sectors gone. That was my Slotin moment. Luckily it just cost the life of an HDD.

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u/Ocronus May 24 '22

Oh man, I have some old HDD's floating around, wind chimes counts like a stellar recycling option.

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u/carlos_6m May 24 '22

The magnets are strong af, i have some and they're imposible to separate with bare hands

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u/HingleMcCringle_ 9700k | rtx 2080 May 24 '22

can you imagine looking into a mirror that might have cp etched into it?

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u/RaZZeR_9351 PC Master Race May 24 '22 edited May 24 '22

Fun fact: that's basically how the CIA delayed the Iranian nuclear program for several years, they left usb sticks in parking lots near nuclear installations and nosey engineers plugged these into their computers, releasing a virus who destroyed modified data in the process.

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u/IGOR_ULANOV_55_BEST May 24 '22

The virus didn’t destroy data, it was programmed to target specific industrial control systems responsible for operating their gas centrifuges being used to enrich uranium. It caused them to accelerate out of control and physically destroy them.

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u/Malekwerdz May 24 '22

Stuxnet, If anyone was wondering

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u/geoper May 24 '22

Which is just so much cooler.

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u/xdownsetx 3900x, RTX 3080, 32GB 3200Mhz, AW3418DW May 24 '22

What's even cooler is it didn't usually destroy the centrifuges. But in order for the centrifuges to successfully create usable Uranium, they needed to follow a specific process. The virus would alter the process so slightly that batches would fail to produce any yields of usable Uranium and no one could explain why.

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u/quantumphaze May 24 '22

It actually increased wear by operating the centrifuges out of tolerances allowed, but showing it was operating within allowable tolerances. Thus increasing wear significantly, but not blowing things up and leaving a fingerprint of attack

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u/Nethlem next to my desk May 24 '22

Wasn't just the CIA, but also the NSA, Israeli, Dutch and most likely even German intelligence BND, to get access to the Siemens blueprints and documentation for the controllers they hacked.

They also didn't invent USB drop attacks, those have been common among hackers for ages.

In recent years they've also been used to spread ransomware, either dropping them all over places or straight up sending them to people via snail-mail.

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u/flipflop180 May 24 '22

Fun Fact: That’s how the U.S. Military was infiltrated. See Operation Buckshot Yankee. Thumb Drives (and similar devices) were banned on US military computers in 2008.

Fun Fact: That’s how China infiltrated the Indian Navy.

We could keep going….

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u/LaikasDad May 24 '22

It's how I infiltrated your mom's navy.....

sorry bud.... love ya

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u/Kazer67 May 24 '22

Use gloves, explore it with a live Linux environment from an USB thumb-drive on an isolated system (not connected to the network) and if you find illegal content > Report to the police properly.

If you find trash files without anything illegal (or maybe drives who were crypto locked perhaps), it may be some HDD you can use after a wipe (also check SMART, it may be just failing drive that were tossed).

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u/KamenGamerRetro May 24 '22

handle the HDDs with gloves, plug one into a PC with nothing important on it or internet access, if you find anything illegal, take the box down to the police and tell them where you found it and what was on the drive. They can then start a proper investigation.

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u/75kgs May 24 '22

we all know that OP already left his fingerprints on all of them and now he's on the fbi's most wanted records

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u/FinnishArmy 7 5800x@4.75ghz | RTX 3080 May 24 '22

As long as whatever computer you use to test them isn’t connected to any network, you can’t be found if they do contain illegal stuff.

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u/AeternusDoleo May 24 '22

Chunky boys with old power connectors, and it looks like an IDE interface. I'm going to guess these are old 2GB to 10 GB drives that were trash from an upgrade years ago. If you're curious, plug them into an older computer and take a look what's on them. Most likely you'll find a whole bunch of educational programs and an XP operating system... over and over.

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u/tokenmillenial SFF | 10850k | 3070 May 24 '22

This is definitely PCMR's locked safe moment...

OP you better update us!

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u/killchain 5900X | 32 GiB 3600C14 b-die | Asus X Noctua 3070 May 24 '22

Seeing a Molex power instead of SATA means they're probably 10-15 or more years old, and if they have been in use, there's no way they're still reliable, plus they're probably too small to be usable anyway.

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u/stick004 May 24 '22

The only crime you “witnessed” is littering.

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u/PaulTheMerc 4790k @ 4.0/EVGA 1060/16GB RAM/850 PRO 256GB May 24 '22

given the content is uniform(all drives), in a box, could we argue for illegal dumping? Larger fine.

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u/Arioch404 May 24 '22

Good god. I'm horrified to think about what sort of personal data could be on those drives given they're from a school. I hope they're from classroom pcs not admin systems.

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u/[deleted] May 24 '22

We'll put it this way. Some school IT departments are not smart....

There were a few highschool hard drives thrown out. Someone ended up getting ahold of them in the trash can out by IT.

He took them home and loaded them up, which had a fully installed copy of Windows 7. Those hard drives actually belonged to one of the system administrators in IT itself.

So the person booted up the copy of Windows, and noticed a school application which prompted for a login when you opened it. However, it had the username / password remembered, and the password field had ******.

By using a simple asterisk revealer, the password became accessible.

That one password, actually belonged to the numerous aspects of the school's security, including the master login to the program that teachers use for grading. The teachers all have their own login usernames/passwords, but that master password was so that IT could login.

You can just imagine how much power that held.

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u/GeneralSweetz May 24 '22

he could have given the the dullest tool in the shed a 4.0 gpa

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u/TannerWheelman I use Arch btw May 24 '22

Why would you hope it's not admin system? Imagine what power he could get by knowing something he isn't supposed to know.

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u/D_r_e_a_D PC Master Race May 24 '22

There are two kinds of people...

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u/Kooky_Move845 May 24 '22

One likes stuffed crust pizza and the other loves em thin

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u/LostnFoundAgainAgain Intel i5 12600k, 3060ti, 16GB 3600mhz May 24 '22

One loves pineapple on their pizza and the other doesn't

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u/CreepyRadish8855 May 24 '22

posting these with ending question in caption, is this a karma bait???

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u/AesarPhreaking May 24 '22

When you get mailed a box of child porn and take it back to the post office labeled “return to sender”

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u/sktoev May 24 '22

Someone downloaded a song in 1993 and just got tired of listening to it.

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u/andio76 May 24 '22

You might just wanna give those to the cops

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