Thursday October 02, 2014

Self-Destructing Solid State Drives

Some company is selling a SSD that will self-destruct if you text it. The best part? It costs about $1,750 with accessories and $50 a year for your GSM subscription. eek!

They would be fairly unremarkable SSDs, were it not for the ability to delete their data by sending an SMS message to a special self-destruct number like some kind of Mission Impossible spymaster. And that data's not just wiped. The SSDs are like piggy banks آ— once you've made the decision to delete the data, the drive is physically destroyed, with the NAND flash chips and security controller broken inside the drive's enclosure.