Encrypting pour files is one of the most widely used methods to protect them, especially on smartphones and laptops that can easily get stolen. For example, Windows has a tool called BitLocker that lets us do precisely that. It lets us encrypt the entire drive so no one has access to our files without the password. However, according to a new study, this encryption method might not be useful at all.
Yesterday night the guys at HardZone were telling us how several researchers managed to bypass the hardware-based encryption of several SSDs that were using BitLocker, being able to easily steal the files stored on the storage units without needing a password.
Security researchers were able to show this encryption issue by using Crucial and Samsung’s SSDs, although they believe many other manufacturers might be affected by this encryption flaw. Whereas Samsung’s SSD was almost protected against the issue, Crucial’s was a mess because the master password that protects the encryption password was just an empty string, it does not exist, so anyone can bypass it. Continue reading “Do you use your SSD’s encryption? Maybe your files are not as safe as you think”