Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday November 16, 2015

Windows' Disk Encryption Could Be Easily Bypassed In 'Seconds'

The ability to bypass BitLocker in a matter of seconds? Yikes! It's a good thing Microsoft has already patched this flaw.

The feature, baked into Windows Vista and later, allows users to lock down their Windows PC with full-disk encryption, making it difficult or near-impossible for an attacker to gain access to data. Prior to BitLocker, an attacker could simply boot up a live Linux operating system and tap into a user's files stored on the hard drive. Now, thanks to the full-disk encryption feature, any potential attacker has to let the boot process run to prevent BitLocker's protections kicking in.