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How Hackers Could Attack Hard Drives to Create a Pervasive Backdoor

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Seagate Barracuda drive

The hard drive controller of a Seagate Barracuda drive, like many others, is essentially a tiny computer on a boardone ripe for hacking by a determined attacker.

Credit: Sean Gallagher

News that a hacking group within or associated with the National Security Agency compromised the firmware of hard drive controllers from a number of manufacturers as part of a 14-year cyber-espionage campaign has led some to believe that the manufacturers were somehow complicit in the hacking—either by providing source code to controller firmware or other technical support.

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