Western Digital self-encrypting external hard disk drives have flaws that can expose data

October 20, 2015

Via: hacker

The hardware-based encryption built into popular external hard disk drives has flaws that could allow attackers to recover data without knowing the user password.

A team of three security investigated how the feature was implemented in several popular Western Digital and models. Depending on the type of microchip used for the encryption operation, they found design flaws and backdoor-like features that enable brute-force password guessing attacks or even decryption of the data without knowing the password.

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