Is your secure USB flash drive really secure?
Jan 12, 2010, 11:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
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"If you're like me, you've taken to carrying important data on
USB sticks or flash drives. They're handy, you can use them on any
PC, and with built-in encryption even if you lost them it was no
big deal. Bad news: It's now a big deal.
"The German security company SySS GmbH discovered that many, but
not all, of today's encrypted USB sticks and flash drives are
actually vulnerable to a relatively easy attack. It is not that the
encryption itself-usually AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)
encryption--that has been broken. It hasn't been. Despite what you
may have read from some fear-mongers, AES remains unbroken.