Your hard drive may be spying on you

Your hard drive may be spying on you

The Russian tech company Kaspersky Lab has made a surprising announcement – according to the company the US National Security Agency uses spying software hidden inside hard drives to collect data from millions of computers around the world.

The news has not been confirmed at all but according to Kaspersky the spyware is inside every new hard drive and executes once a computer that uses such a hard drive powers up. According to the Russian company this spying software has been found in numerous countries around the world including but not limited to Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mali, Syria, China, Yemen and Algeria.

Using hard drives as a method to get inside someone’s computer is a really clever way of spying on someone as nearly every computer around the world depends on the magnetic device to store all the data it works with including the operating system the computer depends on. Asked for comments the two remaining hard drive makers in the world Western Digital and Seagate, which happen to be US companies, have discarded the news saying that they know nothing of such a program and such spyware in hard drive firmware.  

Source: Reuters

Related posts

AData outs the XM13 mSATA solid state drive

ADATA is bringing a new solid state drive which offers mSATA connectivity and is aimed to be used super-slim notebooks, tablets and other portable devices. AData's XM13 mSATA solid state drive measures 50.95 x 30 x 4mm, weighs just 7g and is available in 30GB and 60GB capacities. It is...

BenQ offers the PD2700Q professional-class monitor

BenQ offers the PD2700Q professional-class monitor

BenQ has made a comeback on the monitor market with the announcement of the PD2700Q professional-class monitor. The device features a 27-inch display that works at 2560 x 1440 pixels and uses IPS technology inside. The monitor comes with many exciting features – for example it has 100 per...

Sony buys Ericsson's stake for 1.05 billion

Sony Corporation today announced that will buy Ericsson’s 50 percent stake in Sony Ericsson for €1.05 billion in cash, making the mobile handset business a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony. The deal is approved by both companies and is expected to be finalized in January 2012. The transaction...

Leave a comment