DRM creeps into our hard drives

The Trusted Computing Group announced it will be publishing a specification describing how hard disc drives will include Digital Rights Management (DRM) to support the Trusted Platform that is being pushed in preparation of PCs that will be completely secured against free flow of information and to avoid hackers and pirates to steal information. This is targetting MP3 music copiers, industrial spies and set-top boxes hackers.

The implementation will include the use of internal memory on the disk drive that will not be accessible from the PC itself and may contain important information about the status of the disk (e.g. bad sectors) and encryption data or software.

See also “Does Trusted Computing provide security for users or from them?” from TG daily, where famous technical security expert Bruce Schneier comments negatively on where Trusted Computing (TC) is coming.