By Rick Perera
IDG News Service, Berlin Bureau
December 20, 2001
(IDG) -- A new data-recovery technique could help trace suspicious financial transactions made shortly before the terrorist attacks in the U.S. on September 11.
An unexplained surge in transactions was recorded prior to the attacks, leading to speculation that someone might have profited from previous knowledge of the terrorist plot by moving sums of money. But because the facilities of many financial companies processing the transactions were housed in New York's World Trade Center, destroyed in the blasts, it has until now been impossible to verify that suspicion.
That's where Convar Systeme Deutschland GmbH comes in. The company is helping reconstruct data from hard disk drives found in the ruins of the twin towers. While other data-recovery companies are also involved in the effort, the company says it has a special edge: a laser-based scanning technology developed about two years ago.
Using the technology, "It's possible to read the individual drive surfaces, and then create a virtual drive," said Peter Wagner, a spokesman for the company, a subsidiary of U.K.-based Convar Europe Ltd. "Our competitors mostly work with (magnetic) heads, which is a very tedious process, but also risky."
Because of the fine dust created by the explosions that destroyed the towers, which was driven at high pressure into devices, physically touching the drive surfaces can damage them, he said.
"Laser scanning is a good deal quicker, has a higher success rate, and is also cheaper," he added. Companies contracting with Convar pay between US$20,000 and $30,000 per drive for the work.
When Convar discovers encryption keys on a drive, indicating a financial record, it saves the information and hands it over to its U.S. clients, who are in turn cooperating with the FBI, he said.
The company has completed processing 39 drives; another 42 have arrived, and a further 20 drives are expected in early January, Wagner said.
Convar's German facility, in the town of Pirmasens near the NATO air base Ramstein, is one of the few civilian data recovery centers to be certified for military purposes as a "high security zone," the company said. http://archives.cnn.com/2001/TECH/industry/12/20/wtc.harddrives.idg
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[Ed. note: Why has the Big Brother media failed to report on the results of the recovered hard drives? Only one reason - it shows that numerous commodity traders had prior knowledge. If traders knew about the exact day and time of the attacks why did Big Brother (bush administration, cheney, rumsfeld, rice, NSA, CIA, FBI, Pentagon, etc.) not know about it? Big Brother knew because he planned it and carried it out! CASE CLOSED!!!]
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