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“Cracked” Samsung SSD Controller Encryption

The pitfalls of automatic hardware encryption of fast Samsung SSD hard drives have been fatal for three senior staff members of a reputable audit firm. When the laptops of the managers were booted again after crashing, the three built-in Samsung SSDs of the 840 PRO Series were no longer recognised. Important customer data, unavailable elsewhere, were impossible to access. In view of this disaster, the only way out was to …Read More

What is hybrid storage? The emergence of a new technology

For the past decade or so, solid state drives (SSDs) have been the golden child of the storage world. These devices are basically hard disk replacements that use the same flash memory found in USB drives, mobile phones and SD cards, and they offer a long list of benefits against their electromechanical counterparts: they have no moving parts, are more resistant to impact and other forms of physical stress, and …Read More

Recovering data from black boxes

While air travel is consistently rated as one of safest forms of transport, recent disasters including ill-fated flight Air Asia QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore,  MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, which disappeared without a trace in the middle of the Indian Ocean and flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, which was struck down by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists fighting against the Ukrainian government, remind us that …Read More

Meet the Engineer: Robin England [video]

What is your name? My name is Robin England. What exactly do you do at Kroll Ontrack? I am a research and development engineer within Kroll Ontrack’s data recovery engineering team. I help develop the hardware and software tools that our cleanroom engineers use every day to recover our customers’ data. I also provide our engineers with technical support and assistance when necessary. How long have you been at Kroll …Read More