Posted by John on 16th December 2009
Back up your data. Seriously
Also, any system that travels might well be advised to consider full disk encryption . . .
Israeli Security Opens Fire on a MacBook. Thrice.
4:01 PM – December 15, 2009 by Marcus Yam
The Israeli border security didn’t take too kindly to Apple’s latest notebook, firing three rounds into the unibody MacBook.
Most of us here love our computers and also love to blow things up. Just ask Chris Angelini with his exploits around CPUs and firearms. Things, however, weren’t so funny for Lily Sussman, who blogged on her WordPress account about a run in she had on her way through the Israeli border.
While it’s standard practice these days for border patrol to scan through a traveler’s luggage, discharging a firearm three times into a bag containing a isn’t an action that seems good for security control.
An announcement played over the sound system, interrupting my break in the sunshine. First in Hebrew, then Arabic, then in English. It was something along the lines of, ” do not to be alarmed by gunshots because the Israeli security needs to blow up suspicious passanger luggage.”
I went inside to check on my bag. I had left it unattended, where they instructed. It was still there so I went back outside.
Moments later a man came outside and introduced himself as the manager on duty. And then, “I’m sorry but we had to blow up your laptop. “
What….all my client case notes and testimony, writing, pictures, music and applications. Years of work. NO!!!! What?? Are you insane?? What were you thinking? THAT’S ALL MY WORK!?
After much yelling, crying and frantic phone dialing (don’t be alarmed if I called you repeatedly this morning), he took me outside to see the wreckage. It turned out it hadn’t been quite blown up, but rather shot through with three bullets. We were able to extract the hard drive, seemingly unscaved. Thank goodness…
Here are some other pictures of the damage to the Unibody MacBook.
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