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The 'Unhackable' Swiss Army Knife USB Stick

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The makers of the Swiss Army Knife claim that this thing is impossible to hack (though you could probably use the knife bit to do some hacking of your own).

Nothing in the world is unhackable, right? Right. But Victorinox, the company behind the Swiss Army Knife, claims that it has the most unhackable USB solution right now.

In fact, the company held a launch event in London where it would give a £100,000 (nearly US$150,000) prize to hackers if they could break into it during the two hours the event lasted, but the USB hardware held its ground.

The Victorinox Secure is a USB stick that's built into a Swiss Army Knife and it uses several layers of security. One step is fingerprint identification that's attached to a thermal sensor – so that the finger alone, detached from the body, will still not give access to the memory stick’s contents.

The Secure features MKI’s Schnuffi Platform Single Chip Technology, which makes it possible to operate with no external and accessible lines between the different coding/security steps, as on multi-chip solutions. Victorinox says this makes cracking the hardware impossible.

For those looking to get right to the hardware itself, the Secure has also been made tamper-proof. Any attempt to forcibly open it triggers a self-destruct mechanism that irrevocably burns its CPU and memory chip.  

The Secure Pro is available in three different sizes, ranging from 8GB to 32GB RRP £50 ($75) - £180 ($270) and features:
- Removable USB flash drive
- Biometric fingerprint recognition technology
- LED Mini White Light
- Retractable Ball Point Pen
- Blade
- Scissors
- Nail File with
- Screwdriver
- Key ring

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    tamick88 , March 30, 2010 12:02 AM
    "One step is fingerprint identification that's attached to a thermal sensor – so that the finger alone, detached from the body, will still not give access to the memory stick’s contents."

    Umm... couldn't you just warm the detached finger up a little? You know, stick it under your armpit or something? lol
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    Clintonio , March 29, 2010 11:55 PM
    A USB memory stick does deserve a place on a swiss army knife in this modern era...

    Also, I wouldn't mind one of these ;D
  • 19 Hide
    polly the parrot , March 30, 2010 1:52 AM
    I don't think I can take this USB stick to my classes...
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    Clintonio , March 29, 2010 11:55 PM
    A USB memory stick does deserve a place on a swiss army knife in this modern era...

    Also, I wouldn't mind one of these ;D
  • 29 Hide
    tamick88 , March 30, 2010 12:02 AM
    "One step is fingerprint identification that's attached to a thermal sensor – so that the finger alone, detached from the body, will still not give access to the memory stick’s contents."

    Umm... couldn't you just warm the detached finger up a little? You know, stick it under your armpit or something? lol
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    Hothr , March 30, 2010 12:31 AM
    Makes the "gummy bear impression" method harder. But heating up a severed finger seems plausible.
    Until I have top secret clearance, this will probably be good enough for me.
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    _Cubase_ , March 30, 2010 12:32 AM
    Now Macguyver can finally find his place in the modern era!
  • 12 Hide
    babybeluga , March 30, 2010 12:46 AM
    Breaking news:

    The unhackable swiss army USB stick has been hacked.
  • 7 Hide
    warmon6 , March 30, 2010 1:48 AM
    babybelugaBreaking news:The unhackable swiss army USB stick has been hacked.


    It's only a matter of time. :lol: 
  • 19 Hide
    polly the parrot , March 30, 2010 1:52 AM
    I don't think I can take this USB stick to my classes...
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    darkguset , March 30, 2010 2:06 AM
    Every 6 months i see on the news the new "unhackable" something... then, 6 months later down the track, i see on the same news how they managed to exploit a "minor" bug and make it hackable...
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    calmstateofmind , March 30, 2010 2:42 AM
    gamebrigadaNot hard to hack. Take a couple needles and heat them and poke em through the plastic to push down on the sensors, or if that doesn't work, push em down into contacts to hardware hack it. You might go through a few drives before you figure out the way to do it. Nothing is impossible to hack, some things just require a lot more work then others.


    okay, if they are willing to give out $150k if somebody cracks this, im pretty sure they have thought of that....idiot.
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    pluripotent , March 30, 2010 3:27 AM
    It's probably only USB 2.0. They will need to come out with a 3.0 version, since this one will be dated soon after it is bought.
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    Anonymous , March 30, 2010 3:44 AM
    On a side note, can it survive getting wet?
    I mean, security aside, my swiss army knives go through hell.
    Is it sturdy?
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    Anonymous , March 30, 2010 3:47 AM
    This unit would have to be part of your checked baggage if you fly, otherwise the TSA will take it away from you before you board your flight.
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    Anonymous , March 30, 2010 4:13 AM
    Not to split hairs, but hacking implies without a severed fingered cut by you, from the owner (lord knows what you did to the owner) and heated to the proper temperature.

    I'm not sure what they call that, but you wouldn't have to be my cousin vinny to argue that's a bit more than hacking. ;>)
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    reconspartan , March 30, 2010 4:42 AM
    Looks like it has a laser tbh.
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    cichy69 , March 30, 2010 5:57 AM
    there is always a way
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    Icehearted , March 30, 2010 6:59 AM
    You guys realize this officially means nerds will be armed, right? Bully's beware...


    ....right after I finish backing up my data.
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    ben850 , March 30, 2010 7:40 AM
    tamick88"One step is fingerprint identification that's attached to a thermal sensor – so that the finger alone, detached from the body, will still not give access to the memory stick’s contents." Umm... couldn't you just warm the detached finger up a little? You know, stick it under your armpit or something? lol


    yep

    would of been more effective with some type of heartbeat sensor...
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    beachbod , March 30, 2010 7:46 AM
    I replaced my swiss army knife with a leatherman a long time ago. Im not carrying this just for the usb.
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    Ciuy , March 30, 2010 8:37 AM
    this is the best news this week.
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