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Kingston Digital ships super-secure USB

by on14 September 2022

Military grade 

Kingston Digital has released a new secure USB which stuffs the drive with more secure componants than you can poke a stick at.

The Kingston IronKey Keypad 200 (KP200) is apparetnly designed for consumer data, although the sort of person who wants this level of protection might either be a regular wearer of a tin foil hat or be attempting to run a crack lab in their basement.

The KP200 features FIPS 140-3 Level 3 security which is currently the highest security standard used to accredit cryptographic modules, replacing FIPS 140-2.

It offers XTS-AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption as part of a "feature-rich" and operating system-independent alphanumeric keypad.

The KP200 also incorporates a built-in rechargeable battery, so users can unlock the drive using the keypad for PIN access, without using the accompanying software. Users can access their data by plugging the drive into any device that supports USB Type-A Flash storage.

The drive’s circuits are coated with tamper-evident, tough epoxy to prevent access to its internal components without damaging them. The keypad is coated with a protective polymer layer to prevent the analysis of fingerprints on the keys.

It locks the user PIN after ten failed login attempts, but if both PINs are enabled, the admin can be used to restore a user PIN and access the drive.

Kingston said that if the admin PIN is incorrectly entered ten times in a row, the built-in brute force attack protection will crypto-erase the drive, permanently destroying the data and resetting the device.

It comes in eight to 128 GB capacity so you are not going to encrypt your porn movie collection on it, but then why on earth would you need that level of security for that? No word on price though.


Last modified on 14 September 2022
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