Hard drive on fire

A talk at Defcon challenged people to find a way to destroy a hard drive. A young man was inspired by this challenge and was determined to find a way to destroy a hard drive. But this is not a typical young man, with a typical plan.

Daniel interviewed by Hak5

Daniel speaking at Shmoocon

Daniel’s backyard pit for burning hard drives

Daniel’s new PPE

Daniel’s strange new location to do hard drive burning

Daniel speaking at Shmoocon now disguised

Daniel speaking at Defcon

Askia in tunnel

Askia in tunnel

Entry to tunnel






Another video of tunnel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4DDSH7cbUI


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Conference talks


Artwork this episode by habblesthecat.

Theme music created by Breakmaster Cylinder. Theme song available for listen and download at bandcamp. Or listen to it on Spotify.

Additional music by Epidemic Sound.


Recording equipment used this episode was the Shure SM7B, a cloudlifter, Audient ID4, Sony MDR7506 headphones, and Hindenburg audio editor.