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[liberationtech] // The 'Kill Packet' - feedback wanted //

Julian Oliver julian at
Mon Feb 25 10:37:40 PST 2013

Hey list,

Yesterday I was sketching up an idea, one that may very well exist already. I
wanted to get your feedback on whether it's something that might be worth
developing as an Android application. If it already exists in some form, I'd
like to know about it! 

Here's the thesis:

Consider the case one has volatile data on a remote machine that needs to be
removed as fast and as discretely as possible. The last thing you want to be
doing is whipping out the laptop and logging in via SSH, an SFTP browser etc and
manually deleting that data. Rather, it would be more convenient to just hit a
single button on your phone or click a single icon that sends a network packet
to the server, triggering a script that proceeds to delete your data and/or back
it up to another trusted server.

Again, this is just a quick (1hr) sketch that could be developed into a simple
Android application with a big red button, or even a swipe pattern (more
discreet) that unlocks and sends the 'Kill Packet'. Security issues not
addressed in the sketch would be dealt with in turn.


Julian Oliver

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