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Defender Elite Safe unaffected by USB encryption flaw

Kanguru Solutions : 08 January, 2010  (New Product)
The Kanguru Defender Elite secure USB flash drive has been tested safe with respect to the recent discovery of a flaw in USB encryption technology
Defender Elite Safe unaffected by USB encryption flaw
Kanguru Solutions has announced its Kanguru Defender Elite encrypted flash drives are safe from the security flaw recently exposed in several high profile secure flash drives.


Encrypted flash drives manufactured by Sandisk (and private labeled by Kingston, Verbatim and a variety of other OEM partners) have been found to contain a security flaw leaving their devices vulnerable to data breaches. These devices front end software (where you type the password) do device authentication and provide a "thumbs-up" to allow access to the secure area of the drive. The software can then be hacked to always give a "thumbs-up" to the chip as if a successful password has been entered, leaving potentially sensitive data visible and unencrypted.

"A design flaw of this type seriously compromises the security of any data residing on these devices," said Nate Cote, vice president of product management at Kanguru. "Our Kanguru Defender Elite uses hardware based encryption chips to determine if a login password is legitimate or not, safeguarding users from potential attacks of this nature."

Don Brown, CEO of Kanguru Solutions added, "this development validates Kanguru's decision to use our own resources in the design of our secure flash drives. Many companies are utilizing the Sandisk software and will be affected by this issue."

The Kanguru Defender Elite uses military grade 256-bit hardware encryption and on-chip password matching, safeguarding it from hacking attempts. In addition, Kanguru offers remote management and USB device control for its secure flash drives, providing a level of security and control unmatched in the industry.

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