Bad vibrations: How sound could be used to interfere with your hard drive

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It’s well known that sound at particular levels can cause problems — we’ve all seen demonstrations of wine glasses being shattered by high frequencies, for example. You might not think that’s much of an issue for computers, but researchers at the University of Michigan and Zhejiang University in China have shown that sounds can be used to interfere with disks. Last year Princeton researchers showed it was possible to carry out denial of service attacks on hard disk drives, stopping CCTV systems from recording, and causing other problems by directing sounds at the drives. This latest study goes further, seeking…

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