market-ticker.org / by Karl Denninger / 2017-08-17
“A speed of 22.7 megabytes is simply unobtainable, especially if we are talking about a transoceanic data transfer,” Folden said. “Based on the data we now have, what we’ve been calling a hack is impossible.” Last week Forensicator reported on a speed test he conducted more recently. It tightens the case considerably. “Transfer rates of 23 MB/s (Mega Bytes per second) are not just highly unlikely, but effectively impossible to accomplish when communicating over the Internet at any significant distance,” he wrote. “Further, local copy speeds are measured, demonstrating that 23 MB/s is a typical transfer rate when using a USB–2 flash device (thumb drive).”
I wouldn’t go so far as to claim impossible, but I would say “highly unlikely.” The second part of the statement, however, is utterly true — it is completely consistent with either a SD card or USB flash drive inserted into a computer.
When it comes to Internet transfer of data, remember one thing: You’re only as fast as the slowest link in the middle.
There are plenty of places on the Internet with gigabit (that’s ~100MegaBYTE per second) speeds. But you would need such pipes end to end, and in addition, they’d have to be relatively empty at the time you exfiltrated the data.