As the evolution of the lowly hard drive goes with the increase of storage capacity into the terabyte range and hardware based-encryption it seems that data cannot be more secure once it is stored within the said hard disk. Well, according to WindowsIt Pro, not totally for based on their testing of several hard drives that come as wireless removable storage devices you connect to your USB 2.0 ports, it ain’t that secure after all. The device/s tested was even secured by a wireless security key that used rfid technology to unlock the drive for use by authorized users only (which in the real world is anyone who has the keychain key).
The name and brand which we would not name for obvious reasons have indeed admitted the weakness and that the advertised capability of the drive was wrong. As it turns out, the true 128-bit AES security system was used only by the RF chip and the controller on the drive which was easily defeated by removing the drive from the case and connecting to a now standard SATA drive connector. The drive was encrypted, but not at the ‘military grade’ levels that were advertised for the encryption chip used only a basic encryption level which was not up to par with accepted high-encryption standards.
Both the manufacturers of the controller boards, casing and key, have acknowledged the flaw and promise a more robust system (which is to use a more secure encryption chip that is said to come out this year but is still only in development) by the end of the year. So we guess the false advertising with regards to the encryption standard of the drives should be changed from ‘Strong 128-bit AES encryption’ to ‘standard encryption’, which would only be fair for people do make choices based on the products qualities and capabilities.