Dumpster Diving

By February 4, 2015 Security

A lengthy article but a a fascinating topic….

the main insight the author has obtained from digging through our civilization’s trash is that most people don’t place a lot of value in value anymore.

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A particularly found the link to information security interesting as Malone highlights he started dumpster diving nine years ago, when he was working at a lower-level corporate security job. His employer had assigned him to conduct what’s called a “zero-knowledge attack” on an Austin-based company. That means they hire him and don’t give him any information about their operation. He is just just a random guy who wants to break into their system. The most effective way to do this was to dig through his client’s trash; many hacks and identity thefts come from information left in dumpsters.

251
Amount of trash generated by Americans in 2012.
29.2
US recycling rate for consumer electronics.
66
Amount of e-waste the US produces per person per year.

More than anything else human beings produce, refuse gives us insight into the long-term values of a civilization

William Rathje

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