Kingston Technologies, the company which specialises in manufacturing flash memory products, has issued a security alert on its website that has warned users of some of its "secure" USB devices that the devices are susceptible to unauthorized access.
The statement read: "It has recently been brought to our attention that a skilled person with the proper tools and physical access to the drives may be able to gain unauthorized access to data contained on the following Kingston Secure USB drives".
The security alert issued by the company mentioned devices like the Kingston DataTraveler BlackBox (DTBB), DataTraveler Secure – Privacy Edition (DTSP) and DataTraveler Elite – Privacy Edition (DTEP) amongst others were prone to data theft.
However, the Californian-based company also named the USB devices that were "not affected" which include Kingston DataTraveler Locker (DTL), DataTraveler Vault (DTV) and DataTraveler Elite (DTE) to avoid any confusion.
The company, which is the largest independent manufacturer of DRAM memory modules in the world, has advised the customers with the affected USB devices to contact the company’s tech support to arrange for a factory update.
The company also suggested to concerned customers to make backups of their data and then erase the memory of their USB devices before sending them to the company.
These things do happen from time to time even to Kingston Technologies, one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world. Good on them for coming forward and putting the records straight although, we must say that we're a little suspicious about why they did it now.