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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

US security agency scrutinises secure storage device

The US National Security Agency (NSA) and Treasure Department have expressed interest in a secure storage device that hard drive manufacturer Seagate is developing.  Seagate spokesperson Michael Hall told that the company has met with the two US government agencies over its Momentus 5400 FDE technology.  It is expected to be launched in the second half of this year and Hall said that he was confident that the investigation would not delay the drive’s launch. 

The TPM is commonly used in enterprise workstations and laptop computers to enable security features and securely store encryption keys.  Apple also uses the chip to limit the OS X operating system to Mac hardware, preventing consumers from running it on generic x86 computers.

Privacy advocates have criticised the chips because they could potentially be used to enforce digital rights management technology and prevent users from accessing certain applications or services.

Posted on 04/12