Hacker's project sends media-filled hard drives to troops

A network engineer going by the hacker handle 'Deviant Ollam' has taken it upon himself to send care packages of a different sort to troops serving overseas, with him ditching the usual goods in favor of hard drives filled with movies, music and other content. That's the basis for his Traveling Terabyte Project, which is apparently still operating on a relatively small scale, although "Ollam" hopes it'll pick up once he gets a website up and running. The hard drives themselves are packed in an appropriately olive-drab Pelican case, which also includes all the necessary USB cables and international power adapters.

As the name of the project suggests, the hard drives aren't intended to stay in one place forever, with recipients of them encouraged to add their own files before sending 'em on to another location. For their part, the troops that have received the hard drives so far seem to dig the idea, especially considering that high-speed internet is hard to come by in many of the locations they're stationed.

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umm why the hell is the word "hackers" even mentioned, how has anyone hacked anything, guess what i am a hacker everyone, casue i put files on a hard disk and shipped it. umm yeah OK.

it is hell illegal but hey as long as it's "for the troops" then lets all turn ablind eye.

p.s. above line is sarcastic

Also i am guessing the "other content" is porn

It never says this was a hack job, just says it was done by a "hacker", maybe he ships hdds by day, but by night is mr hacker 'Deviant Ollam', to be feared by all!

whocares78 said,
it is hell illegal but hey as long as it's "for the troops" then lets all turn ablind eye.

Also i am guessing the "other content" is porn :)

I was stationed in Iraq from the end of 2004 through 2005. Interestingly enough, the military allows the locals to come on post to sell bootleg movies, amongst other things. US customs will even let you bring the bootleg movies back into the US as long as you don't have duplicates (no bringing back 5 of the same movie.) But, porn is not allowed and you can get in big trouble for having it (loss of rank, monetary penalizations) because having pornography is against Iraqi law (as is having or consuming alcohol, which will also get you in big trouble should you get caught.)

AltoidBox said,

I was stationed in Iraq from the end of 2004 through 2005. Interestingly enough, the military allows the locals to come on post to sell bootleg movies, amongst other things. US customs will even let you bring the bootleg movies back into the US as long as you don't have duplicates (no bringing back 5 of the same movie.) But, porn is not allowed and you can get in big trouble for having it (loss of rank, monetary penalizations) because having pornography is against Iraqi law (as is having or consuming alcohol, which will also get you in big trouble should you get caught.)

are you telling me the forces over there, don't drink any alcohol or watch any porn.

what the hell do they do in their spare time