Hacker Simple Nomad’s personal opsec tips (Q&A)

"How long have you operated with that assumption?

Probably 20 years. I had an incident occur in my hotel room at Black Hat. My room was broken into, and my tech was compromised. They pulled the hard drive out of the wall safe, plugged it into my Linux laptop, booted it up off of a different drive, and then accessed files and copied it. Then they put the drive back in the safe.

There were indications in the room that things were disturbed. It was a real mess. I had a run-in with the hotel security there. The FBI was even involved at one point. And I wasn’t the only one.

I remember talking with Jennifer Granick, and she said, “Whatever you do, don’t hand over your laptop to the FBI.”"