Microsoft Claims Bitlocker Will Allow Safe HDD Disposal

Microsoft has made many announcements concerning Vista. From its new interface to its tightened security, we have seen i...


Microsoft has made many announcements concerning Vista. From its new interface to its tightened security, we have seen it all.

Now it seems, in what I can only think of as a rather bizarre announcement, Microsoft claims that businesses planning to use Vista together with its Bitlocker hard drive encryption technology will have an easy and safe way to dispose of their hard disks.Microsoft on Tuesday claimed that Vista will be so secure that businesses will no longer need to worry about data being compromised when hard disks are sent for disposal.

"With Vista and Bitlocker, businesses will be able to throw hard disks away and be sure (they are) secure," Nick McGrath, head of platform strategy for Microsoft UK, said at Infosecurity 2006.

This is a rather over the top announcement. No encryption is ever fully secure for parties determined to get to your data. I bet it wont be long before we hear that some hacker group or master coder has reverse engineered the entire technology.


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