Previously, I talked on this blog about the best secure flash drive with a high-speed military-grade hardware encryption- The Ironkey Flash Drive.
For those who are using this type of flash drive, particularly those who are in the United States and Canada, your sensitive data are still protected. But for those who are using Kingston, Sandisk, and Verbatim- there’s an exception.
I recently got this buzz from ZDNet, that the said US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-certified Kingston, SanDisk and Verbatim USB flash drives were busted. The Security firm SySS has reportedly cracked the AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption used on flash drives. These flash drive brands use the same hardware-based encryption technology to protect sensitive data stored by end users.
“Cracking the drives is therefore quite an easy process. The folks at SySS wrote an application that always sent the appropriate string to the drive, irrespective of the password entered, and therefore gained immediate access to all the data on the drive.”
What you need to do? Basically, you need to check your flash drives. If you are using the said brands- just visit the information page for Kingston, Verbatim, and Sandisk to learn the recommended procedures.