Feb 17, 2015

How to check HDDs for embedded malware?

There have been a lot of articles about someone planting malware in the firmware of hard drives for years. Assuming these reports are accurate, how can HDDs be checked to see if they are free of backdoors and malware?
It’s not easy, and I’m really not sure how to go about it. From The Verge:

"Viruses stored on a hard drive's firmware are typically activated as soon as a device is plugged in, with no further action required. They're also usually undetectable and survive reformatting, making them difficult to detect and remove." http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/16/8048243/nsa-hard-drive-firmware-virus-stuxnet
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