James Bond-like SSDs will self-destruct via text message

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James Bond-like SSDs will self-destruct via text message

British company SecureDrives has released two new solid-state drives that you can tell to self-destruct remotely via text message.

The Autothysis128s and Autothysis128t function as regular solid state drives, albeit with the added security function of automatic 256-bit self-encryption.

However, under certain conditions, the drives will automatically wipe all the data stored on them before blowing up their own innards.

These include the previously mentioned death-by-text protocol, as well as a "tap-to-destroy" function on a companion "token" device.

Autothysis will also be triggered by removing the drive from a PC, if it's being used internally, by a low battery level, or if the signal received by its built-in GSM receiver goes quiet for too long.

Owners should also be careful not to forget their PIN, as too many failed attempts will also cause the drive to self destruct.

Autothysis128s and Autothysis128t can be used as internal hard drives via a SATAII interface, or as external drives connected via USB 2 or 3.

They contain Micron 20nm NAND Flash Memory, can carry out random 4KB reads up to 20,000 IOPS and random 4KB writes up to 20,000 IOPS, and are both available in 64GB and 128GB versions.

While the disks are specifically targeted at governments and companies, there's nothing to stop individuals from buying them, providing you have a spare £967 (approximately AU$1,773) for the Autothysis128s or an even more eye-watering £1,027 (approximately AU$1,883) for the Autothysis128t, plus £29 per-year (AU$53) for a GSM subscription.

This article originally appeared at pcpro.co.uk

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