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Hiddn Crypto USB Adapter

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2011

If you have a flash drive that isn’t encrypted, the Hiddn Crypto USB Adapter is an easy way to encrypt flash drives, external drives, and other USB-connected storage media. The device offers secure and easy to use protection for all your externally stored data.

It does this using two-factor authentication in the form of a smartcard storing all encryption keys and a PIN-code. The Hiddn Crypto USB Adapter uses FIPS 140-2 Level 3 and Common Criteria EAL4+ certified Hiddn Crypto Module. Nothing on pricing or availability yet though.

Super Talent SuperCrypt thumbdrives with USB 3.0, 256-bit encryption

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2010

Super Talent has announced the SuperCrypt line of secure portable storage, which are available in capacities up to 256GB and offer up to 240 MB/s transfer rates, with either 128-bit ECB (SuperCrypt) or 256-bit XTS (SuperCrypt Pro) encryption.

No USB 3.0 port? Not to worry. It’s fully backward compatible with USB 2.0, so you’ll be able to use it on just about any computer you need to. Nothing on price or release date yet, but we’ll let you know soon when we find out.

GSM encryption cracked

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on December 29th, 2009

Voice calls have been placed over GSM networks for years now. The calls are encrypted on many networks with a 21-year-old 64-bit algorithm to prevent the calls from being captured. Hackers in Berlin have now cracked the GSM encryption.

A group of 24 hackers led by Karsten Nohl has announced that they have broken the encryption and have provided other hackers with a codebook coming in at 2TB that allows for the decoding of a valid encryption key. Carriers can modify their encryption code to remain protected.

Personal Pocket Safe encrypted smart drive

Posted in Smart Devices by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2008

Personal Pocket Safe encrypted smart drive
The Personal Pocket Safe USB flash drive from CHDT Corp. thinks pretty highly of itself as being the first “encrypted, epoxy coated, pin-protected smart drive.” That’s because according to them, the device has military-grade encryption, a password vault and a track-covering feature, so no one will be able to locate it’s presence when it’s removed from the system.

Golly. Sounds impressive, looks neat and shiny too. It also has a rubber key PIN-pad so you can enter a 4 to 10 digit code in order to access the drive. It looks like we won’t be seeing it in the US for awhile unfortunately, so until then your data will no doubt be living in fear.

Princeton group breaks encryptions with canned air

Posted in Security by Darrin Olson on February 24th, 2008

Princeton researchers Seth Schoen and Jacob Appelbaum find encryption hack by freezing memoryA group at Princeton University has found an exploit in common computer hardware that allows them to break codes and retrieve the encrypted data stored on the computers hard disks. The process at its most extreme involves direct access to the computer using a can of compressed air held upside down to freeze the DRAM chip(s) to access the encryption key stored in memory.

When stored data is encrypted, the software usually will use a key to encode and decode the data. That key is most often created and stored into a computer’s memory after a user logs into the computer with a password. According to the researchers, a common misconception is that once the computer is turned off, the DRAM memory disappears and so does the encryption key. In their studies, partially funded by the Dept. of Homeland Security, they found that data is actually retained in the computers memory for many seconds or sometimes even minutes after the computer is turned off. They also found that by freezing the memory chips with liquid nitrogen found in a common can of air for removing dust, they could get the data to remain in memory easily for as long as ten minutes, and often longer.