There’s a new chink in the armor of software-based drive encryption – the Evil Maid Hack. Privacy Digest explains how it works.
Just like hacks before it (remember Cold Boot?), the Evil Maid doesn’t work on self-encrypting hard drives like those from Seagate. That’s because encryption is hard-wired into the drive and automatically locks it when power is removed. Nothing on the drive, including the bootcode, can be accessed without the user’s password.
The Evil Maid would be staring at a password entry screen, cursing away, unable to see let alone change the bootcode.